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Fall 2005    

Nursing Informatics News

Nursing Informatics News

Infusing Nurses with Power for the 21st Century


From the Editor

This is the Fall 2005 issue of NI News - the quarterly free newsletter from the site Nursing Informatics.com.

This publication offers articles, news, product and systems analyses, tech resources and dialogue on global nursing informatics issues, discoveries and theory. We will provide a comprehensive view of informatics in practice, education, research and administration.

If you would like to receive a regular copy, please go HERE to subscribe.

June Kaminski    

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As Editor in Charge of Virtual Nursing Practice and Culture, I invite you to submit your research and other papers related to using the online environment as a nursing context for OJNI publication.


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Add Content and Traffic to
Your Site with a Blog!

Over the last five or so years, Blogs have become the rage for many web site owners, from large corporations to personal page sites. Many people use them as an easy way to begin an electronic community about a topic or cause of interest. Learn how you can apply these easy to use tools to establish a personal link with your visitors, boost your traffic in the process and provide unique content for your site.

A Blog is..... Just what are these new sensations? A blog is an online dialogue that the owner adds to on a regular basis. Many companies actually hire writers to add to and maintain corporate blogs. They range in content from a personal diary- like format to crisp, thought-provoking journalistic commentaries. Many invite readers to pitch in - to respond to what the originator has written. They can slowly build to become very useful and substantial content, especially if the comments are well written and include useful and/or important information. Blogs are so popular that new language has begun to be used that relate exclusively to them. For instance, the entire scope of blogs - that is all of the blogs that exist online together form what is called the blogosphere. If a particular issue, subject or topic becomes extremely popular in the blogosphere, it is said to be causing a blogstorm or blog swarm.
These storms happen quite frequently since blogs cover the whole gamut of topics available, including politics, religion, health, finances, legal issues, travel, research, literary topics, group work, mysticism, self-help, sports, dating, education, and so on and on and on,..... As well, some people call the tools used to build blogs, blogware while others call them weblog software programs.

Basically, a blog is a web based publishing tool that can be presented within a site that you design yourself, or you can use ready made software and/or web applications that allow you to blog instantly. One such place is Blogger, a free online service that allows you to set up your own blog using their premade templates within the time it takes you to register, name your blog, post pictures, and choose an available design. Blogger is an interesting service, since the original three designers (owners of Pyra Labs in San Francisco) who created Blogger sold it to Google but stayed on to help to run things. As they describe, "Now we're a small (but slightly bigger than before) team in Google focusing on helping people have their own voice on the web and organizing the world's information from the personal perspective." (Blogger, 2005).

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June Kaminski, RN MSN PhD St. 2000 - 2005
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