Blogs are a familiar feature on the internet - where users post content in an accumulating manner, with comments, and search options, etc. They facilitate expression and exploration, and via attached comments, also debate and synthesis.
Reading and Navigating Blogs
Our blogs are quite powerful. Each writer can post, as is typically the case. Sustainers who have the option can also post, however. All Blogs appear in the blog system, and sometimes also in content boxes the top page of ZNet - and always via the left menu of the top page - and can be found via searches, etc.
Commenting on blogs follows the blogs, attached at the bottom, and blog comments, like all others, are also visible in many places that show comments including in the forum system. In addition, the entire blog system gathers content for everyone - but one can look at the accumulating content in many ways.
For example one can look at one writer's efforts - so one is seeing what is effectively a blog system for that one writer, or Sustainer.
One can also look at the content by topic, seeing blogs that are tagged as being about a certain topic - or place, as well. Thus, when doing that, it is a blog system about a topic, or a place, with many contributors.
One can look at only writer blogs, or only sustainer blogs, as well.
One can look at blogs for particular Groups, too.
All this is easily done using the left menu. Searches allow even more variables and refinements.
Creating Blog Posts
If you are a Sustainer with permission, and are logged in, you will see a link in the left menu for you to post a blog - and you can use that to post one, and then tag it various ways (such as with a topic or place, or a group tag), and once you do, it is in the system with you as the author.
You can also use the console button to the left to post a blog - anytime and from anywhere in the site, as long as you are logged in.
Meanwhile, enjoy the blogs - and, by the way, if you are a Free Member or a Sustainer with a ZSpace page, of course you can put one or more content boxes on it, pulling blog links of any sort you may want to filter for, for example, by you or by your friends or by others - and by topic, about places, for groups, etc.
Kim Scipes's Blog
Web Address: http://www.zcommunications.org/zspace/kimscipes Bio:
I am a long-time activist who got politicized fighting racism and white supremacy while on active duty in the US Marine Corps (1969-73). Subsequently a printer, high school teacher and office worke... (More)
Just got my copy of "In Happened in Wisconsin: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Labor Protest," edited by Mari Jo Buhle and Paul Buhle, with an introduction by John Nichols and an afterward by Michael Moore. It is published by Verso. (Truth in advertising: I wrote Chapter 15, "Wisconsin and US Labor.") Because of the effort to get this volume out quickly, I had not seen any of the other chapters. Now that I have the book--and almost immediately consumed it!--I think that Mari Jo and Paul assembled an excellent collection of articles that not only provide a good overview of the struggle, but they place it in the historical and cultural context of progressive and labor struggles in Wisconsin. I think folks will find it quite interesting, and I suggest it is essential for labor activists/intellectuals. To give a small sampling: the book is divided into five sections: How It Started in Wisconsin, The Right-Wing Assault, The Fight Begins, Labor, and Beyond Wisconsin. Authors, in addition to Nichols and Moore, include Nick Thorkelson, Mari Jo Buhle, Tom Morello (of "Rage Against the Machine," and now serving as "The Nightwatchman"), Mary Bottari, Ruth Conniff, Paul Buhle, Patrick Barrett (who does a nice interview with Ben Manski), Dave Poklinkowski, Charity A. Schmidt, Frank Emspak, Gary Dumm, Matthew Rothschild, Rober Bybee, Sharon Rudahl, myself, and Ashok Kuman and Simon Hardy.