TechSideline.com is pleased to announce a new feature on the site, just in
time for football season: TSL Blogs. The blogs will feature a handful of our
best writers and columnists, scribbling down their thoughts on a variety of
topics in informal fashion. The blogs will fill in the gap between our planned
front page content and the wild and woolly message boards.
A “blog” is short for a “web log,” a form of Internet
content that has become popular over the last couple of years. Blogs are
typically more informal in nature, and often represent the stream of
consciousness ramblings of a single individual who wants to have their own web
page. From those humble beginnings, blogs have matured into a feature now
present on most major web sites, such as newspapers and news organizations.
Most organizations with a strong editorial plan and strict editorial flow
give blogs to their writers so those writers can produce content that is outside
the regular editorial flow. For every news story you read in the main portion of
a site, there are quotes, thoughts, and anecdotes that don’t make it into the
articles. A writer might also want to share some thoughts on a topic that
doesn’t fit with the overall focus of the site, and those thoughts get
“scribbled” down in a blog.
That’s how we’re going to use the new blogs on TSL. We’ll still have our main
content streaming through the middle of the front page, but now we’ve got five
bloggers who will add other thoughts in TSL Blogs: Will Stewart and Chris
Coleman of TechSideline.com; TSL football analysts Phil Martin and Raleigh
Hokie; and TSL guest writer and frequent message board poster “bourbonstreet.”
The TSL Blogs can be accessed by selecting “TSL Exclusives — TSL Blogs”
from our menu bar. We also have RSS feeds for our blogs, which can be accessed
by clicking the “RSS Feed” link on our home page.
TSL Blogs are sponsored by Collegiate Inn of Blacksburg, so give their button
a click while you’re over on the blog pages.
For launch, each of our five bloggers has put up an entry, so at this point,
we’ll turn you over to the new TSL Blog area — just click
here to go there. Questions? Once you’re there, just look for the links in
the right-hand column that say “About TSL Blogs” and “TSL Blogs
Help/FAQ” for all kinds of great info about the blogs.