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Blogging is not a digital humanities method, but it is a practice that can

The most important thing to realize is that Blogging is a habit! Setting up a blog is not blogging. Writing a few posts of the sort you want to write is not blogging - it is aspirational blogging. To blog you have to develop habits of posting regularly or no one will return to your blog.

Blogs can be used by projects in a number of ways:

  • Blogging systems like [| WordPress] are so powerful you can use it as your project web site. It is a great way to get a nice looking project site up that multiple people can edit. You can have announcements, you can have stable pages, and it has attractive themes to fit all sorts of needs. WordPress is, in effect, a Content Management System ready to go.
  • Blogging can be used in teaching. You can ask students to keep a blog with reactions to readings. You can have a shared blog. There are lots of uses of blogs in humanities teaching. See http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/using-a-wordpress-multisite-network-for-class-webpages/38710 for some ideas.
  • A private blog can be used to keep a running log of what is being done or to keep team documentation in one searchable place.
  • You can also use them for certain projects. Suppose you want to translate a page of Italian a day - use a blog as project site.

Developing Blogging Habits

It is easy to start a blog, but hard to maintain one. Here are some tips for maintaining them:

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