Intro to Weblogs and RSS Presentation

I just finished the first Weblogs and RSS workshop/presentation – “Personal publishing with weblogs and RSS” – an introductory overview of blogging, rss, aggregation, and benefits (and some risks) of blogging.

The session was sold out (20 people), and I think it went reasonably well. Not the best presentation I’ve ever given, but it seemed to be received OK. It’s a hard topic to present about – acronyms are in blogging’s DNA – and some of the concepts are just plain foreign to novices. Read/write web? Aggregators? etc…

Here’s a quick screenshot of the intro presentation (click for a download of an interactive QuickTime version – sans audio. Imagine me talking compellingly…)


Almost forgot – the presentation is a modified Lessigian style – not quite MTV level of hyperanimation, but no bullet points. The presentation may not make too much sense without me babbling on about stuff 🙂

Also, I used one of our Kensington wireless presentation controllers for this session – wow, that is one nice controller! Uses radio (bluetooth?) and a USB dongle, so no line-of-sight limitation, and worked perfectly with my Powerbook once it was recognized (it triggered the Bluetooth keyboard recognition process, so I think it’s a BT doodad, even though it doesn’t have the logo on it…) I’ll definitely be using this sucker in the future. Only $40US or so, too!

2 replies on “Intro to Weblogs and RSS Presentation”

  1. Hi D’Arcy,

    I thought your session went REAL well,

    I loved your slides and I thought there was a series of good questions from the audience.

    It was nice that you had lots of time for “hands-on” practice – especially for the “first timers”.

    Hey, any chance of getting a copy of the slides that you used for your presentation?

    Take care, Norm

    P.S. Looking forward to your wiki workshop in a couple of weeks!!

  2. Norm – sure thing. They’re in Keynote format, but I can try exporting as Powerpoint. It should work, but some of the effects and transparencies will be lost. Pretty sure the homage to The Electric Company won’t survive it 😉

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