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by Holly Russo
How to set up a free blog in 10 easy steps
using Google's blogger.com
Do you like to write? Do you know how to send email?
The instructions below are to give you a feel for what to expect as you're signing up. Feel free to print and share in your classroom or senior center.
What is a blog?
A blog is like an online diary. There is usually a single page of entries that comprise the main page. Although older posts are archived, it's different than a regular web site because of the frequent updates, personal tone, and chronological archiving. The main page of a blog tends to be its most popular. Most recent posts are listed first, at the top of the page. Blogs can be used for any purpose -- as a fashion diary, a daily rant, a picture-of-the day (which tend to be popular if the photos are interesting), or even as a personal archive that you might wish to access from any computer, such as a list of good crockpot recipes.
Examples of Blogs that launched their starters into fame, recognition, or writing careers. Also includes some video blogs.
Programs to create blogs:
There are many programs you can use to create your blog. Among them:
Blogger.com (which is discussed below)
How long does it take to set up a blog?
Not long, maybe 5-10 minutes. You could spend more time deciding on a name for your blog than on actually setting it up from scratch. (Which is one of the reasons why there's a Quick Start Planning Guide to get you thinking about your blog.
Figure out what you will call your blog and how you want the address to read. Try to avoid numbers,
1. Visit www.blogger.com
2. Click on "create your blog now"
3. You'll need an email address to create a Google account, if you don't have one.
4. Name your blog:
5. Choose a template -- scroll down to see all the examples:
6. Your blog has been created! You can start posting right away.
7. POSTING: The posting screen has options to add pictures, video, links, change text color & font. If you publish the post,
8. ADJUST BLOG SETTINGS: You'll want to adjust your settings for the blog right away so you specify how comments are handled, pages archived, etc.
It's good to go through each item and make sure it's set the way you want. At the bottom of each page, you'll have to click on "accept changes" before moving on to the next tab.
9. You can also edit the template, either now or later or as many times as you'd like:
10. View your new blog!
Examples of blogs:
Some of these people launched writing careers using their blogs as a starting place; some have published books or have been approached by publishers.
Amalah ( www.amalah.com)
Behind the Counter ( www.behindthecounter.com)
Cute Overload (www.cuteoverload.com)
The Sneeze (http://thesneeze.com)
Kyle Cassidy (http://kylecassidy.livejournal.com)
Blogs can also be boring...
The dullest blog in the world ( www.wibsite.com/wiblog/dull)
There are blogs about blogging:
Want to learn more about how to blog? These two blogs are among the top-rated sites out there for information on blogging.
Blogging Basics 101 (http://bloggingbasics101.com)
Lorelle on WordPress (http://lorelle.wordpress.com)
You can also search for blogs:
Blogger's Choice Awards (http://bloggerschoiceawards.com)
Google's Blog Search (http://blogsearch.google.com)
YouTube is the king of video blogs (or "vlogs"). Here are some examples of vlog personalities:
Ana Free, a Portugese college student, sings a
Natalie's hilarious take on what people think a video blog is.
Kev Jumba: A 16-year-old's take on what it's like to be taught to drive a stick-shift.
SupRicky06's rant on airports.
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