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Several of my friends & readers have asked me this question...  In fact "blog" was the number one searched word on webster.com in 2004, breaking all previous records--so if you don't know what one is, a lot of people are in the same boat. 

I like to say that blogs (along with blog feedreaders) are the solution to "too much email and not enough website" because you can send out quick updates and news without bombarding people with email.  We all get way too much email, and there are too many websites to remember and take time to visit.  So the in-between solution is the blog, which can be fed into a news aggregator for quick news and updates.  So, yes it will save you time and keep you more informed, and that is why we should all check out blogs and feedreaders.  More on that in a minute...

Rather than stumbling further through an answer to this frequently asked question of 'what's a blog', I'm going to send you to Amy Gahran's post on What's A Blog?  Bag The Stereotypes.  She tells you exactly what a blog is and what it isn't.  Amy has her own very forward-looking and informative blog on communications in an online age--her blog is called Contentious, and it's quite good, so clickity-click. 

One other plug:  Sign-up for a free subscription to bloglines.com.  This is the blog feedreader/news aggregator I was telling you about.  It's the quickest and best way to scan all of your favorite blogs, including 100yearpicnic.com.  (100yearpicnic.com is technically a blog, even though I've tried to make it look like a regular website.  This way you can check updates through your bloglines feedreader.)  Sounds techy and all but seriously it isn't.  Those of you that know me, know I'm not a tech wiz.  I haven't even programmed the vcr.  (Lucky for me, they came out with dvds before I had to mess any of that.)  So...if I can do it, you can do it.  Checkout bloglines because it rocks.  later...


I have just finished listening to an internet "podcast" for the first time, courtesy of my friend Redboy at redboypodcast.com.  I have to say, I'm quite impressed Mr. Red! 

Specifically, I listened to Red's terrific interview conducted with local radio personality Susan Saunders, talking about broadcasting: yesterday, today, and the future. 

Some of you may be asking, "What in the heck is a podcast?"  Basically, it's an internet-based radio show.  The broadcast is saved in digital format, such as MP3, which you can play or download from a website.  Just like music, you can then pull it into your iPod to listen to the broadcast when and where you want to. For a much better, broader definition of podcasting, check out podcast on wikipedia.org.  Anyway, if this is your first intro to podcasting, it's a great one to start with because it is a podcast about podcasting, so you experience it and learn about it at the same time. 

Then returning the favor in a few days, Redboy, as well as Mrs. Redboy, will be featured as guest DJs on Susan's very successful morning show (May 23, 2005) talking about their upcoming adoption of a baby girl from China.  So if you are in the area, tune in to check out Mr. & Mrs. Red talking about their Journey To Maggie.  By the way, Redboy has 4 different blogs: a family blog, an adoption blog, a moblog (his mobile cell phone photos), and his new redboy podcast blog.  Yes, he is a major geek and he knows it.

Oh, by the way Redboy has a new piece of intro music, written and produced by yours truly, along with the help of the great people at Apple Garageband.  I'm using my super hero voice.  Sounds nothing like 100 Year Picnic, but it totally cracks me up and my kids love it.  Here it is if you'd like to check it out:  Download Redboy (MP3).  The intro debuted on Redboy's show #9, so podcastaway.