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Making the Most of Web 2.0: General Research Guide: Web 2.0 Meets the Old Web

Web 2.0 delivers credible, current, and exciting information. Learn how to put Web 2.0 resources to work for you.

Blogs from Two Old Friends

Finding Blogs through Web 1.0

This is Curlie, the successor to DMOZ Two of the best blog sources are directories of sites that have been around since the 1990's but which have kept up gracefully with the times. Curlie, formerly the Open Directory Project or DMOZ has human editors, that screen out the junk and allow only quality listings. Curlie works especially well for academic topics.

You can find Curlie's editors at the bottom of the larger category pages. Not all pages appear to have editors.

To find blogs on Curlie select Computers, then choose Internet, then On the Web and finally Weblogs. There is also a link in this sentence. Curlie has yet to regain DMOZ's search capability.

Dotdash' logo Like Curlie, the Dotdash family of sites features links to web sites screened and chosen by human editors called Guides. Dotdash also offers articles by the Guides themselves and sometimes links to the Guide's other work including blogs.

To find information about and additional articles by Dotdash' Guides, find an article that interests you, then click on the author/Guide's name.

Here are snip's of a Spruce/DotDash guide's page A Guide's page lists his/her qualifications, other writings, and sometimes blogs, as well as his/her social media presence.

Anatomy of a Blog

Anatomy of a Blog

Getting to the Blog Roll at Chocolate and Zucchini

Blogs are important not only for their articles, but also for their links to other pages. These links lead to blogs the host selects for quality and sometimes to articles in published sources such as books, newspapers, and magazines.

The blog, Chocolate and Zucchini features among the Top 50 Food Blogs by

Chocolate and Zucchini's, author and hosts, Clothilde is a " food and travel articles for magazines in English and in French, write and edit cookbooks, and work as a recipe developer, public speaker, and food trend consultant."

At the bottom (in the "footer") of most pages, Chocolate and Zuchini, also offers a list of links to blogs by other food writer's that Clothilde has selected with her skill and knowledge. If you want trendy recipes and food writing, Chocolate and Zucchini's blog roll might be a good place to start. Just scroll down. Using blog's rolls and link lists enhances both the quantity and quality of your research.

All About Blog Comments

All About Blog Comments

It is not hard to notice that most blogs ask you to add your say via a Comments section. Feel free to join the conversation if you feel motivated and have the courage. Some blogs require registration to weed out spammers. Others use CPATHCA software for that purpose.

Blog comments are very much like letters to the editor at a newspaper or television station, but unlike traditional letters to traditional  media, any one who sends a response that is not a sales pitch for certain medications gets to see his/her words in print or on the screen.

This means that somewhat off topic and sometimes extremely ugly arguments break out between comment writers. This can sometimes make the comments the most entertaining part of a blog, but the fact that any one can write them and that they often go so far astray, also means that blog comments are NOT CREDIBLE.

Enjoy reading blog comments, but don't use them for references in your papers or projects.