Net Xpress: Wanna blog? There are a wealth of sites to help you

October 19, 2003|SHEILA J. CLARK

Weblogs date back to December 1997. However, pinning down exactly who started the craze is a bit of a challenge.

Despite that fact, Weblogs, or blogs for short, are fast becoming the new media of choice. Weblogs have invoked a fresh, new creativity among online users who have the desire to share their feelings but don't feel they have a proper forum or opportunity to do so. Weblogs are closely related to online journals but with a twist.

Before we continue, I think first you need to know some of the online user terminology related to Weblogs. The personal, short, dated entries that appear on the page that share ideas, thoughts and comments by the author are known as a Weblog. They often feature links to other pages and some also allow others to contribute. The Weblog editor is referred to as a blogger.

Now, on to the how-tos and other blog online resources.


* is THE place to be, so log on to It's an easy way to get started and learn all you need to know about blogging.

* Library Weblogs at offers a huge list of library related blogs created for and by librarians.

* For a list of Weblog publishers, go to

* The Weblogs Compendium at is an online resource with everything you need to know about Weblogs/blogs including hosts, tools, resources and much more.

* The Advocate photographers have started their own photo blog. You can access it by going to the Advocate Web site at and clicking on the Photos link under Sections on the left-hand side of the homepage. Or get to the photo blog directly by pointing your browser to

Look for more blogs by other members of the Advocate staff coming in the near future. In the meantime, happy blogging!

Net buzz

* PayPal launched a new feature of its online payment service called PayPal Buyer Protection. The PayPal Buyer Protection provides buyers with up to $500 of coverage at no additional cost when they use PayPal for an online transaction. Learn more at

Spinning webs

Danville High School seniors Logan Scisco, Adam Hoover and Bill Ellis are combining their love of European History and Web design together with their desire to earn Advanced Placement (AP) credits. The trio have joined forces to create the AP European History site at Scisco and Hoover provide the European History content for the site, while Ellis takes the information, designs and maintains the Web site.

Sites to see

* The Processor Upgrading FAQ: Socket Upgrades at is a great, thorough online resource if you are thinking about upgrading the processor in your computer. The FAQ gives a detailed list of what processors are available for basically all types of socket and slot motherboards. It includes all types processors from AMD, Cyrix, Intel, IDT Winchip, overdrive processors and other adapters.

Too much great information to sum up - add it to your favorites.

MSN chat events

Oct. 20: Actor Tom Skerritt chats at 8 p.m. Go to

Oct. 23: Actress Linda Blair chats at 7 p.m. Go to

Oct. 24: "Survivor" host Jeff Probst chats at 8:30 p.m. Go to probst.

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