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Thing #4 – Blogging Basics

September 24, 2010

WHAT

This is a very important Thing. You will record your progress in your blog & others will be reading your blog throughout the 23 Things.

Blog is short for web log. And you all know what a log is– a written record of something usually arranged by date. It could be a list of items, a collection of news stories, a diary or any compilation of ideas or images based on a common theme. Now that you’ve done some exploring around this website and understand how this program will work, it’s time to set up your own personal blog in which to begin recording your thoughts, discoveries and exercises.

WHY

On a personal level, it’s about sharing ideas, interests and the events of your life with other people, be they friends, family or complete strangers. On a professional level, it works much the same, only you’re using the blog to share important ideas, interests and events from your workplace – and do it in a less formal and more interactive manner that traditional communication avenues allow.

HOW

For this program, we recommend that you use Blogger or WordPress, popular free online blog hosting services that are easy to use. However, these are only recommendations. If there is another blog hosting site that you are more comfortable with, please feel free to use it.

For Blogger instructions
For WordPress instructions

Exercises:

  1. Watch Blogs in Plain English, a little (2:58 min.) video by Common Craft.
  2. Setup a blog for yourself.
  3. Add a test post or two.

IMPORTANT NOTE: How you choose to identity yourself on your blog is up to you. You can blog under a screen name, anonymously, or with your real name.

Term to know: URL. A URL is simply the address of a webpage. Find it in the top window of the browser beginning with http://. . .

SHARE

You have now completed four Things, so you will create four blog posts.  Please label each entry in your blog with the Thing number – for example, Thing #1 or thing 1. Each of your posts should provide insights into what you’ve discovered and learned.  Feel free to share what worked for you … and what didn’t … what surprised you … what frustrated you … what amazed you.

  1. Thing #1 – About 23 Things SCPL Write your first blog entry – introduce yourself, and tell us what you hope to get out of the program.
  2. Thing #2 – Lifelong Learning Think back to the 7 1/2 Habits. Which habit is the easiest for you? The hardest? Write a blog post about them.
  3. Thing #3 – Online Identity Share your “googling yourself” experience. Were you more visible online than you thought?
  4. Thing #4 – Blogging Basics How could you personally use blogging to communicate or stay in touch? What types of people do you think would read your blog?

STRETCH

Blogger is a little more basic. WordPress is a little more flexible. Using WordPress can be as simple or as involved as you want to make it. If you want more freedom to design and add functions to your blog, try using WordPress!

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