The National Council of State Legislatures has asked me once again to brief my fellow legislators on the art of blogging. So over the next few days I find myself in Washington DC, a presenter at the NCSL Spring Forum.
For the regular visitors to this website the information to follow will be a bit redundant but for those visiting this page for the first time here are some tips and links that have proven helpful to me.
For starters, here is a link to the most basic question. What is a blog?
Wikipedia follows with some very good information on the basic elements of blogging and they also provide an in depth history along other helpful information.
Tackling Technology has a good analysis on the emerging importance of blogging in politics and issue advocacy. A good primer for the political blogger.
That is a good start for basics but those who would like a deeper analysis of the politics of blogging I recommend visiting The Power and Politics of Blogs.
I have also included a link to a Governing article that highlighted Texas' political blog scene during the 2005 Legislative Session -- Governing Magazine's Blogger Power.
Another added convenience of hosting a blog is the ability to post audioblogs or podcasts. Once again we must credit Wikipedia for the information. Blogger offers an easy, and free, audioblog option.