Monday, September 10, 2007

Week 2 - Setting up your blog

Now the active participation starts!
Are YOU ready to get stuck into 'Thing #3 ?

#3 Grab yourself a blog in 3 steps

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Now that you’ve done some exploring around this website and understand how this 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 the Learning 2.0 program.

For this exercise 'Setting up your blog' we are using Blogger*, a popular free online blog hosting service that is extremely easy to use. However, there are other bogging sites such as Myspace, Livejournal, Facebook, Immortalspace and Wordpress.
Please feel free to use whichever site you prefer.

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 here are two important things to know:

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

  • To view your blog:
    Your blog address is http://(xxxx), (xxxx=is the unique identifier/name you entered in Step 2, i.e
    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.
    (you can use your staff email)

Write down the details from your 'Create Account' or print out this page.

This may help you to remember
your login and password.

#4 Register your Blog

As you progress through the PLCMC Learning 2.0 Program it will be evident that certain things do not apply to our program.
We may change some of the exercises to more relevant ones for you.
This will appear on your library's Learning blog.

Once you have registered your Blog it will be listed on your library's
Learning 2.0 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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