Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Create a blog

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Now that you’ve done some exploring around this website and understand how the program will work, it’s time to setup your very own personal blog.

Your blog is where you will be recording your thoughts, discoveries and exercises for this learning program.

For this exercise we are using Blogger*, a popular free online blog hosting service that is extremely easy to use. There are other bogging sites such as Myspace, Livejournal, Facebook, Immortalspace and Wordpress.

Creating a blog using Blogger takes just three steps:

1. Go to the Blogger home page. Set up an email account if you don't already have one: you can use any existing email account you wish, your personal or staff one, or you can set up a Yahoo, or Gmail account.

2. Name your blog (view screenshot)

3. Select your template(view screenshot)

Once you’ve created your blog there are two important things to know:

  • The maintenance interface that you will use to add posts, edit or change the set-up of your blog is accessed online at http://www.blogger.com/
    Make sure you write down your login and password.

  • To view your blog:
    Your blog address is http://(xxxx).blogspot.com, (xxxx=is the unique identifier/name you entered in Step 2, i.e http://maryslearning.blogspot.com).
    Be sure to also write down your blog address.
A couple of useful Tips!
  • Again, you can use any email address to set up a Blog in Blogger.
    It is not necessary to set up a Gmail account to create a Blog.

Register your Blog

  • When registering your Blog:
    Cut and paste the url (address) of the blog YOU have created (this can be found in the address bar on the page from which you are viewing your blog) and send it, along with your name to connect@yprl.vic.gov.au

  • For more information -here is an excellent tutorial about creating a blog

Once you have registered your Blog it will be listed on the
Learning Participants' Blog.
The participants' blog is a good place to gain inspiration and support each other via the comments section in the individual blogs.

A great site of general interest is Blogger's Help page, with handy tips for new members.

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