Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Blogging About Blogging, Part 2

Dear Teachers,

I previously wrote a little about how to get started in blogging and gave you a few examples to read. Now that you've had a chance to look over some blogs and think about the approach you might take, here is how you actually do it. There are several blog hosting sites, but here I'll be explaining Blogger, since that utility is connected to our Google Apps for Education (GAFE) account.

Log in with your Google credentials at www.blogger.com. Note that Blogger and Blogspot are kind of the same thing. Blogger.com is where YOU go to WRITE your blog (think of it as the "back end" of your blogging), and yourselectedblogname.blogspot.com is where OTHER PEOPLE go to READ your blog.

The first time you log in, you will be asked to create either a Google+ account or a limited blogger account. I would suggest selecting the Google+ option, because that's another interesting social networking site you might want to explore at some point. Your blogger profile populates based on what you enter on Google+.



You may not have everything you need to complete your profile (i.e the profile picture you want to use, or your bio), but you can always go back to fill in those blanks later.


Whatever goes in the Introduction field in Google+ is what will show up on your blog.



Return to blogger.com and click the New Blog button.


Type your blog title and address in the fields provided. The example below shows that I chose to title my blog Dear Teachers, and I based my blog address (URL) on my Twitter handle: http://nancywtech.blogspot.com. You could theoretically have the same blog title as someone else, but each blog address must be unique; Blogger will tell you if someone else has already snagged the name you selected. Think of your blog as a notebook full of individual posts - so your blog title is going to be the title of the collection of posts. Select your desired theme here, and then click the orange Create blog button. You can change the theme later, too, so don't worry if you can't decide yet how you want it to look.


Click the edit pencil to create your first post.



You should now feel in familiar territory, as the blog editor looks very similar to many word processing programs. When you are in this draft mode, blogger will save your work automatically every few seconds, and you can also click Save at any point. The blog post is not live (visible to others) until you click the Publish button.

To continue working on your blog at a later date, you will log in once again at blogger.com. Click the # posts link.


You will come to a page that has all your posts listed in reverse chronological order. Hover your mouse over the post you want to continue working on, then click the Edit link


When your blog post is ready, click the orange Publish button and you will be returned to the page that lists your blog posts. This time, you will see the additional option to view your post. When you click View, your blog post will open live in a new window.



The URL at the top of that window is what you will share with your readers. For example, the address of the blog you're reading now is http://nancywtech.blogspot.com/2015/07/blogging-about-blogging-part-2.html. 

The next post in this series will show you how to add a Twitter feed to your blog page. I'll also show you how to follow other Blogger users.

Happy blogging! Fondly,

Nancy




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