Objective 1: Learn about blogs
Objective 2: Create a blog
You’ve probably looked at blogs before, and may not have even known it. “Blog” is a contraction of the words “web” and “log;” the “we-“ in “web” was dropped, the remaining “b” and the word “log” were joined, and – voila – the word “blog” was born. But what exactly is a blog?
The long answer can be found here: http://computer.howstuffworks.com/internet/social-networking/information/blog.htm, and believe me it’s a long answer, but it’s a good one for later perhaps. The short answer is this: a blog is a sort of online diary or journal, although nowadays people are using blogs for many purposes, for example: as a personal website, a professional portfolio, and more. A blog can be your little space on the World Wide Web where you write about your thoughts, experiences, and ideas. There are many other purposes in which blogs are employed, but the easiest way to discover those is to go out into the “blogosphere” and see what’s out there.
Where might you find this “blogosphere,” you ask? That’s easy. Get online and go to http://wordpress.com/fresh/ or use Google’s Blog Search (http://www.google.com/blogsearch) and explore the multitude of blogs that are out there. Just type in a topic and see what you discover. We’ll be asking you to create a blog of your own as part of this exercise, but first, have a look at the vast amount of content out there.
Step 1: Create a Blog
Setting up a blog is free and easy. If you have a Google account, we recommend you sign up for Blogger which is a Google product – you’ll have access with your existing login. If you don’t have a Google account, or don’t want a Google account, we recommend you use WordPress. If you blog already, you may use your existing blog if you like. You are able to use your work email to register your blog or a personal email if you prefer.
Here is a document with screenshots if you need additional assistance in creating your blog Lesson 1: Creating a Blog with Screenshots. You are also welcome and encouraged to talk with your tech designee with any questions and/or problems you encounter.
Tip: Write down your user ID, password, and blog address
Step 2: Register
Register here so you receive credit for your work.