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January 26, 2004
Vol. IV, No. 3

"Who Let the BLOGs Out!"
Over the past year, I've been looking at ways to build on the community aspect of Impressed by the quality and quantity of writing exhibited on the Feedback page, I thought that perhaps some community members might appreciate having the opportunity to share their ideas with the community on a more frequent basis. After a bit of behind-the-scenes work, the idea for a new program came together in the last couple of months.

The FREE tool that I have chosen to offer community members is the weblog. A weblog, or BLOG for short, is basically an online diary. It may be updated from anywhere you have Internet access. The entries can be as formal or as casual as you like and they can be on any topic. You can list the music you play for church each week, document your next vacation, or spout off on politics. As a BLOG author, you may also choose to permit readers of your online journal to respond with comments of their own that are posted along with your entries.

If this sounds like something you'd be interested in trying, just drop me an email. In the meantime, three community members, Susan Burkhalter, Victor Frost and Peter Stapleton, have already started building their BLOGs. You may visit their BLOG entries and respond with your own comments at the link below:

More information:
If you would like more information about BLOGs in general, here is a link to a weblog guide at The Guardian:,10627,744914,00.html

The Guardian also has this article about the power of BLOGs and the potential for bloggers to influence the political process in America.,3605,989783,00.html

Click this link to read comments and offer your own:

Updated Pages
Your Stories:
Added is a wonderful story by community member Ted Hollingsworth that he calls "The Organ and I." It's a really great read.

Featured Links:
Added is The Pipe Organs of Temple Square, a website that "provides detailed information on the nine pipe organs contained in buildings situated on and around Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah."

Book Store:
Added is "The Weblog Handbook: Practical Advice on Creating and Maintaining Your Blog" by Rebecca Blood. "There is no formula for creating a superb weblog--but there are lessons to be drawn from maintaining one. In The Weblog Handbook, Rebecca Blood draws on her experience as an early participant in the weblog community to share what she has learned in three years of 'living online.' Along the way she answers commonly asked questions concerning weblog etiquette, how to attract readers, and the qualities that make a weblog stand out, alerting the novice to considerations--and pitfalls--they didn't know to ask about."

Articles Library:
Added is the article mentioned above from The Guardian that discusses the power of BLOGs and the potential for bloggers to influence the political process in America.

WHAT I'M READING..."All the Stops: The Glorious Pipe Organ and Its American Masters" by Craig R. Whitney. I just started reading this one yesterday but so far it's an enjoyable read for anyone interested in organs and organists. Click the link below for more information on this book:
Click this link to see all selections in Dan's Book Club:

Have a great week and BLOG on!

Dan Long

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