NACC Workshop–What?

July 12, 2007 — Leave a comment

Here’s the second part of my workshop on Blogging, Podcasts, and Enewsletters from the North American Christian Convention. I’ll post the third part next.

“I do not do blogs…As a 59 year old private person…they are not of my generation or demeanor. My personal opinion is that blogs are to communication what nose bleeds are to circulation.”
–My good friend’s opinion on blogging

“Blog”—Blog is short for weblog. A weblog is a journal (or newsletter) that is frequently updated and intended for general public consumption. Blogs generally represent the personality of the author or the Web site.

Other definitions . . .

  • A regularly updated website with content organized by date and the most recent post on top. The Blogging Church, p. 2.
  • Briefly described, “blog” is an abbreviated form of the term “weblog,” which was coined in the late 1990s to describe personal web sites that were updated regularly, with individual “posts”—date-stamped journal entries—usually presented in reverse chronological order, the most up-to-date writing first. Blogs are an engaging alternative to static web sites because they offer something new to read, usually every day and sometimes several times each day.
    “Blogging”—the act of writing in one’s blog. To blog something is to write about something in one’s blog. This usually involves linking to something the author finds interesting on the internet.

By the end of 2004, there were nearly four million blogs online, according to Technorati (, an organization that tracks the growth of the blogging world. As of March 2005, the number of blogs had climbed to 7.8 million, with more than 900 million links between and among blogs, and between 30,000 to 40,000 new blogs created each day. During the week of May 16, 2005, Technorati tracked its ten millionth blog.

“Ezine”, “Enewsletter”—An ezine (a.k.a. e-zine, email newsletter, e-mail newsletter, or e-newsletter) is a newsletter that is delivered via email that you can subscribe or opt-in to it.

“Podcasting”—a digital media file, or a series of such files, that is distributed over the Internet using syndication feeds for playback on portable media players and personal computers. A podcast is a specific type of webcast which, like ‘radio‘, can mean either the content itself or the method by which it is syndicated; the latter is also termed podcasting. The host or author of a podcast is often called a podcaster. The term “podcast” is a portmanteau of the name of Apple‘s portable music player, the


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