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September 6, 2009

SM4Cons – Lesson 6: Reading Blogs and News More Efficiently

Now that you’ve been finding, reading, and commenting on blogs, you’ve probably realized that it takes time to go from blog to blog every day to read posts.  If you read news on more than one website, you have the same problem.  Fortunately, with an RSS feed aggregator, you can read all the blogs and news in one place.

This video by Common Craft explains “RSS in Plain English”:

I use Bloglines to keep up with the latest posts on blogs and other sites each day.  Some people like Google Reader.  Others prefer start pages like Pageflakes and Netvibes.

To learn how to use Bloglines, watch Russell Stannard’s videos here.  If you’d rather try Google Reader, you can start with this video and then watch “More From: expertvillage” by clicking on those words on the right side of the screen and select the video you want to watch next.  You can also search YouTube for videos on how to use other aggregators.

I will be also be publishing and updating this information on a wiki.  Future lessons will cover creating blogs and using other types of social media.

Earlier Lessons:

Lesson 1: Defining “Social Media,” “New Media,” and “Web 2.0″
Lesson 2: Understanding Blogs
Lesson 3: Understanding Tags
Lesson 4: Finding Blogs
Lesson 5: Commenting on Blogs

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March 29, 2009

SM4Cons – Lesson 5: Commenting on Blogs

Filed under: Social Media for Conservatives — Sofie @ 12:37 pm
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Since you’ve been finding and reading blogs, you’ve probably come across some blog posts that you’ve wanted to comment on.  It’s not difficult, and if you haven’t figured out how to do it, just watch these videos to learn how to comment on Blogger and WordPress blogs.  Blogs hosted by other services work much the same way.

Posting a Comment to Blogger

How to Post a Comment in Blogger

How to Post a Comment on Somebody Else’s Blog

WordPress Web Marketing Tutorial – How to Comment on a Blog

How to Post a Comment on WordPress

Here are some written instructions and tips for commenting on blogs:

If you’ve thought at all about starting your own blog, I’d recommend commenting on others’ first to see if you have enough to say and say it well enough to warrant doing so.

I will be also be publishing and updating this information on a wiki.  Future lessons will cover reading blogs using RSS feeds and using other types of social media.

Earlier Lessons:

Lesson 1: Defining “Social Media,” “New Media,” and “Web 2.0″
Lesson 2: Understanding Blogs
Lesson 3: Understanding Tags
Lesson 4: Finding Blogs

March 15, 2009

II4Cons: The Truth about the Great Depression and the New Deal

The truth about the Great Depression and the New Deal for conservatives:

Books:

  • Thomas J., DiLorenzo, How Capitalism Saved America:  The Untold History of Our Country, from the Pilgrims to the Present, Chapters Nine and Ten (at Amazon.com)
  • Burton W. Folsom, Jr., New Deal or Raw Deal?: How FDR’s Economic Legacy Has Damaged America (at Amazon.com)
  • Jim Powell, FDR’s Folly: How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression (at Amazon.com)
  • Amity Shlaes, The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression (at Amazon.com)

Articles:

Videos:

I’m also posting this information on the Information on Issues for Conservatives (II4Cons) wiki.  Please let me know if there are resources I should add by commenting on this post or sending me a message on Twitter.

March 14, 2009

SM4Cons – Lesson 4: Finding Blogs

There is more than one way to find blogs to read about politics or other topics.  A good starting place is the list of prominent conservative blogs and bloggers I provided in Lesson 2.  Several search engines have been developed just for finding blogs:

In addition, there is a list of Blog Search Engines at About.com.

Probably the two most popular blog search engines are Technorati and Google Blog Search.  I recommend using Technorati.  Here are some videos if you need help using these two blog search engines and surchur:

Technorati

How To Find Blogs in Any Category

Using Google Blogsearch

surchur – The Web’s Ultimate Dashboard to ‘Now’

I will be also be publishing and updating this information on a wiki.  Future lessons will cover commenting on blogs and reading them using RSS feeds.

Earlier Lessons:

Lesson 1: Defining “Social Media,” “New Media,” and “Web 2.0”
Lesson 2: Understanding Blogs
Lesson 3: Understanding Tags

March 6, 2009

Information on Issues for Conservatives (II4Cons): Global Warming

The other night on The Mark Levin Show, a caller mentioned that it would be nice if there were a website where conservatives could go for information on the issues.  I’ve started a wiki for that purpose.  I’ll also be posting the information in my blog as I collect it.

For starters, here are some sources for information on global warming:

Books:

  • Patrick J. Michaels, Meltdown: The Predictable Distortion of Global Warming by Scientists, Politicians, and the Media (at Amazon.com)
  • Patrick J. Michaels, Shattered Consensus: The True State of Global Warming (at Amazon.com)
  • S. Fred Singer and Dennis T. Avery, Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years (at Amazon.com)
  • Roy Spencer, Climate Confusion: How Global Warming Hysteria Leads to Bad Science, Pandering Politicians and Misguided Policies that Hurt the Poor (at Amazon.com)

Websites:

Videos:

Articles/Blog Posts:

I’m also posting this information on the Information on Issues for Conservatives (II4Cons) wiki.  Please let me know if there are resources I should add by commenting on this post or sending me a message on Twitter.

February 28, 2009

SM4Cons – Lesson 2: Understanding Blogs

Filed under: Social Media for Conservatives — Sofie @ 7:45 pm
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A web log is essentially a journal or log kept on the web.  Eventually the two words were joined as weblog and then shortened to blog.  A blogger is a person who has a blog, and the blogosphere is entire community of bloggers.

This video by Common Craft explains “Blogs in Plain English”:

Blogs range from personal daily diaries to professional publications.  Each entry or post is dated, and they appear in the blog with the latest first.  In recent years, quite a few pundits and ordinary people have started using blogs to write about and comment on political events and issues.  For conservatives, blogs, like talk radio, can provide news that we don’t get from the mainstream (“old”) media.

Some of the more prominent conservative blogs and bloggers include

For Colorado, you can find some of the most prominent bloggers at

This is the second in a series of lessons to help conservatives who are less comfortable with the internet learn what these services do and how they can be used.  I will be also be publishing and updating the information on a wiki.  Future lessons will cover using tags,  finding more blogs to read, and commenting on them.

For more information, read these articles:


Earlier Lesson:

Lesson 1: Defining “Social Media,” “New Media,” and “Web 2.0″

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.