Thursday, April 11, 2002


Hope is not lost, however, for the eager online commentator. With a discerning eye and a step away from mainstream message boards, thoughtful, if heated, debates can be found.

Charlie Murtaugh, a 29-year-old biology researcher at Harvard University, keeps clear of many big message boards when scanning the Web for conversation.

Instead, he turns to so-called Web logs, individually run Web sites that serve as the personal publishing vehicle of the owner. Avoiding the mass audience of the corporate-backed Web sites, Web logs (or blogs, as they are known) tend to generate a more selective audience.
Saving to your server: To transfer the latest version of your blog to your web site, hit the "publish" button on the right of the black bar, above, or the "post & publish" button in the toolbar at the top. (If there are no changes since your last save, the "publish" button will not appear.)