Starting to blog

A “blog” is an abbreviated word for web-log, is a web-based journal in which people can publish their thoughts and opinions on the Internet. It is everyone’s home on the world wide web and probably their number one venting venue. Anyone can start a blog. It’s straight-forward and, in a lot of cases, less than 100 dollars.

1.Find a provider.

The most popular providers are WordPress.com, Blogger.com and LiveJournal.com. If you are interested in making an educational blog I would recommend Edublogs.com or WordPress.com. These sites are pre-made with templates and push-button publishing that don’t require much technical know-how.

2.Once you sign up, you’ll have a gallery of ready-made templates to choose from.

Most sites come with a set of predefined layouts and schemes that you can choose from. Select one and personalize it. Then add your name, interests, images, etc.

3.Decide whether you want your blog to be private or public.

Do you want any Internet visitor to be able to read your blog, or do you just want your friends and family to be able to read it? Most blog sites offer the ability to password-protect your published posts so only those who you approve of can view what you’ve written.

4.After you’ve set up your blog, write a few posts to test it out, and make any adjustments to the layout or style that you see fit.

Like if you just got a new template, you’d check your blog to see if you like it, right? At first, it will seem tough to figure out what to write, but once you get into a routine of daily blogging, you will find it addictive!

5.Visit other blogs to build a blogging circle.

When you leave comments, add your blogging address so they can visit you too. (Note: This will not work if your blog is private). You can also see from other blogs useful widgets that you may add in your site. One interesting widget is Clustr Maps which is a visitor count application.

6.Publish your blog by sending the URL to your friends or publish the URL on your website.

Add the URL to posts you make on other blogs.

 

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