It's interesting who is blogging and why they are blogging. I came across this blog called Eye Level from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Why are they blogging? Kriston Capps, a writer (on contract with New Media Initiatives) wrote back in September 2005 the first entry for the blog. Here's an excerpt:
"Why this blog? I don't doubt that many of you are wondering why a
museum has a blog and, by extension, why the museum thinks you ought to
be reading it. You may be wondering whether you've even visited the Smithsonian American Art Museum... Frankly, we are not entirely sure how this blog will fit
into that effortâ€”consider it a work in progressâ€” but its fundamental
goal is to foster conversation and debate about American art..."
There are categories on the blog including "technology" and how it relates to museums.
The same way that museums, zoos and science centers have been offering "virtual field trips" using ITV and videoconferencing, they are beginning to offer more via their websites and blogs.
We're not talking about only the big institutions
A fun site is the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (NYC) which deals with animation,
anime, cartoons, comic books, comic strips, political illustration, editorial cartoons,
caricature, graphic novels and more. They are using a blog to keep their site fresh.