02.2 – Blogger

  1. Go to Blogger (http://www.blogger.com) and create your own blog.
  2. If you do not have a Gmail account, you will be prompted to create one at this time. You need a Gmail account to use Blogger because Blogger is owned by Google.
  3. Select a style that appeals to you.
  4. Bookmark the Blogger start page, as well as the URL for your blog.
  5. Log out and log back in again – for practice.
  6. Write a blog post. You can write about anything that you would be interested in other people reading. If you thought of a theme for your blog in the previous assignment, write something for that theme. You could also write about what you think of blogging so far.

Things To Do

  1. Customize your sidebar.
    • Locate the “Customize” feature, which will be in the top left of the page if you are logged in and looking at your blog, or under “Template” if you are in your blog’s Dashboard.
    • You have four choices:
      • Page Elements
      • Fonts and Colors
      • Edit HTML
      • Pick New Template
    • Click on Page Elements. You are given a list of features to add to your blog, and the ability to rearrange them in various orders on the page. Add elements that appeal to you, but make sure you add the element called “Link List” to your sidebar.
    • You can Edit your Link List. Give it a new title: “Profiles.” This is where you will put links to all the different profiles you’ll build during this program.
    • You can sort your links alphabetically.
    • You can add as many links as you want at one time, and save all changes at the end.
    • To return later and add more links, remember to go to “Customize” or “Template” and then “Page Elements.” Once there, click “Edit” next to the part of your page that now reads “Profiles.”
    • As you work with more 2.0 tools, you’ll see that many of them offer widgets of various types that you can add to your blog. Often you will be given a block of code that you can copy and paste onto your blog. To do this, go to “Page Elements” again, and “HTML/Javascript.” Give the widget a title and paste the code into the space provided. The widget will be added to your sidebar.
  2. Write another blog post and publish it to your blog. Be sure to “Label this post” with words that you think would describe it. These labels will help you and others find similar posts later on.
  3. When you are done writing the post, you can save it or publish it. If you Save it, it won’t go onto the blog where people can read it. This can be helpful if you’ve written half a post and can’t finish it until later. Save it, and come back to it to finish it. Only Publish when you feel good about your post.
  4. You can edit posts that you’ve published, so if it looks wrong or you notice a typo, you can edit the post and re-publish it.
  5. As you progress through this course, write posts about the things you find. When you write about something you found online – a web site or a blog post, for example – be sure to link to it from your blog post. To do this:
    • Copy the web address of the thing you want to link to.
    • In the post that you are writing, highlight the word or phrase that you want to turn into a link.
    • Click on the icon that looks like a chain link.
    • Paste the web address into the form, and click OK.

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