I've started to gather stuff on 'what is blogging, how does it work' in a rather haphazard way. Here's some first links in the hope that it will throw up Comments and Trackbacks from those more knowledgable...
PC magazine provided an explanation of blogging and reviews blog tools, one on Wikis, and Guardian Online ran a special blogging feature also with reviews.
Ross Mayfield offers a Social Software Reader that covers a wide range of articles about software and also social networking.
Dave Pollard helps with Time Savers for bloggers - a list of 14 tips on how to scan more and keep up the output without blogging taking over your life. This includes reading less (choose the best blogs), focussing your interests, working with other bloggers to share the load and links. Most important - don't just react to items elsewhere. Give yourself time to ponder and think creatively. Earlier Dave reported his blogging process.
I reported the Selling Social Software event last year, with added links about use of blogs in nonprofits and corporations.
Simple explanation of RSS and newsreaders from CNN
Weblogs for Learning by Stephan Mosel
List of RSS readers by Aaron Swartz
Thanks to Hylton Jollife at Corante - home to so much good stuff - for reminding me of really useful 2002 articles by John Hiler in Microcontent News, that are still largely relevant.
Reviews of Wikis at Life with Alacrity
Blogs burst into business Computerworld article
If you want any anti-blog feelings reinforced, there a strong rant here
An educators view of Blogging and RSS and examples of use in schools
There's a directory of London Bloggers based on the Tube map
Jonathan Briggs on why bloggs are better than brochures (and other sites)
US perspective on What is a blog, and why should nonprofits care? by Zafar S. Shah
Excellent piece by Stowe Boyd Wicked (Good) Wikis including using wikis in a collaborative face to face setting
Dave Pollard writes on Personal Knowledge Management
Links on what is blogging
Light look at blogging cliques in Village Voice - Blogging Off
Diagram suggesting How news travels via blogging
Dave Pollard on RSS and news aggregation
Tom Coates won a Bloggie award for his blog and the essay (Weblogs and) The Mass Amateurisation of (Nearly) Everything
Results of survey into bloggers' expectations of privacy and acountabiliy
How to start your own blog at the Australian Flexible Learning Community
The next version of the Apple web browser Safari will have RSS feeds
References on how to set up a personal wiki - that is, one running on your computer for personal knowledge management
References on choosing a wiki
James Farmer writes on choosing a wiki for a fully online undergraduate course
How to install a wiki on an ibook
Wide Open Spaces: Wikis, Ready or Not is an excellent overview article by Brian Lamb
Everything you wanted to know about blogging but were afraid to ask by Simon World
Business use of blogs - links by Bill Ives