Blogs (or Weblogs)

Brief Description:

Adapted from the ODI Toolkit: A blog (shortened from weblog) is an easy-to-publish web page consisting primarily of periodic articles, usually in reverse chronological order.

Blogs are rapidly being adopted in international development. SANGONET has created a blog toolkit with good advice on how to start a blog.

Example Applications:

  • Project blogs: project participants share frequent updates, reflect, ask questions of the larger CARE community and create a "learn as we go" record.
  • Leadership blogs: leaders share their ideas, reflect, pose questions and concerns to their staff, and model knowledge sharing.
  • Community blogs: community members invite partners and stakeholders to add their voices to CARE's work.

Full Description:

"Early blogs were manually updated components of standard websites. However, the evolution of tools to facilitate the production and maintenance of web articles posted in a chronological fashion made the publishing process accessible to a much larger, less technical, population. Ultimately, this resulted in the distinct class of online publishing that produces blogs we recognise today." (ODI)

Blogs can give the world a window on your work. In places where there is access to the Internet, blogs provide an easy way to communicate knowledge.

Key steps to starting a blog include:
  1. Decide the topic or focus of your blog.
  2. Search the Internet for similar blogs. We recommend the blog search site, Technorati. See what others are doing. Get ideas.
  3. Choose one of the free blogging services, like Blogger (and a nice guide here) or Wordpress. The free blogging services usually include advertisements. Ad-free blog are available for a fee through services like Typepad.
  4. Start posting and continue to post regularly.
  5. When people comment on your blog, respond with your own comment.
  6. Link to related blogs - cross-links help readers learn about useful related resources and create another way of sharing knowledge.

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Related Methods/Tools/Practices:

More Information/References/Related Resources:

  • SANGONET blogging guide
  • Diez formas de usar blogs desde las ONG

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