A blog is a personal diary. A daily pulpit. A collaborative space. A political soapbox. A breaking-news outlet. A collection of links. Your own private thoughts. Memos to the world.Your blog is whatever you want it to be. There are millions of them, in all shapes and sizes, and there are no real rules.In simple terms, a blog is a web site, where you write stuff on an ongoing basis. New stuff shows up at the top, so your visitors can read what's new. Then they comment on it or link to it or email you. Or not.As Merriam-Webster has defined it….
The original blogs were updated manually, often linked from a central home page or archive. This wasn’t very efficient, but unless you were a programmer who could create your own custom blogging platform, there weren’t any other options to begin with.During these early years, a few different “blogging” platforms cropped up. LiveJournal is probably the most recognizable of the early sites.And then, in 1999, the platform that would later become Blogger was started by Evan Williams and Meg Hourihan at Pyra Labs. Blogger is largely responsible for bringing blogging to the mainstream
Some people may think that blogs are only about technology, politics or personal diaries. This however, is not true. If you can think of it there is probably a blog about it. Art, sports, history, crafts, food (very popular), fashion, photography, music, culture, travel and the previously mentioned technology, politics and personal dairies.
Creating a Blogger account couldn’t be simpler!First log on to Google and type “Blogger” into the search engine or type “www.blogger.com” in the URL.You will find a page like this one (see pic) click on “Sign Up”
The next step is to complete the required information. Such as e-mail, password, and gender.After filling in all the information, click “continue” and you will come to this page (see pic)This is your new blog Dashboard (where you, organise and edit your blog!) Now, all you have to do is log in to your e-mail and verify you address and you’re done! You now have a Blog!To add posts just click on “New Post” and start typing!
The difference between an average blog and a great blog may simply come down to aesthetics, the better your blog looks the more people will read it. One of the best ways to take your blog to the next level is to add widgets.Now before we understand how to add them let’s figure out what they are.“is a generic term for the part of a GUI that allows the user to interface with the application and operating system. Widgets display information and invite the user to act in a number of ways. Typical widgets include buttons, dialog boxes, pop-up windows, pull-down menus, icons, scroll bars, resizable window edges, progress indicators, selection boxes, windows, tear-off menus, menu bars, toggle switches and forms.”Widgets can be anything from adding a link to twitter to virtual goldfish to RSS feeds (which can update your followers to your activity as soon as you post it)Adding them is very simple:If you are adding a widget from bloggers own list you just click the link and add it to the section of your blog.The slightly trickier approach to add a widget from a foreign website is to copy the HTML codes and paste it into your website’s code.
Whether you're a newly minted blogger or a relative old-timer, you've been seeing more and more stories pop up every day about bloggers getting in trouble for what they post.Like all journalists and publishers, bloggers sometimes publish information that other people don't want published. You might, for example, publish something that someone considers defamatory, republish an AP news story that's under copyright, or write a lengthy piece detailing the alleged crimes of a candidate for public office.The difference between you and the reporter at your local newspaper is that in many cases, you may not have the benefit of training or resources to help you determine whether what you're doing is legal. And on top of that, sometimes knowing the law doesn't help - in Here are some tips to keep you on the right side of law:
Check your factsDon’t make an accusation or type any harmful information in general. But if you say something inflammatory, make sure you have evidence to prove it.Respect Copyright LawTry not to upload items or include ideas that are not your own (such as embedding illegal movies, or copying someone else’s work). You could face harsh punishments for plagiarising. Consider the implicationsYou can be prosecuted by law if you offend or plagiarise. It’s not a joke.
Control the commentsDo not encourage negative trolls! Even if someone insults you, do not participate. Just block there username and hide their comment. Disclose professional relationshipsDo Not talk about your colleagues/classmates and especially your boss! You could lose your job and you could be liable if someone decides to take you to court.Disclose sponsored postsIf someone is paying you to say something (fashion company telling you endorse their product), don’t tell your readers who your sponsor is and do not complain about the product. You will be liable.
Be transparent with affiliate linksThis goes under plagerising. Do not do it. They will take your blog down!
Have your say!Meet people with similar interests and make friends!You can use your skills to teach people over the web and learn from others!Blogging is a very useful tool to teach people, you can embed video tutorials, podcasts, and pictures.You can open a forum to communicate with your readers directly.
Blogging is big business these days, with some bloggers reporting six-figure or even million-dollar incomes. There are a number of ways that these bloggers earn such large paychecks, and the best know how to do it in a way that won't scare off readers. Making your blog into a money making venture is called Monetizing. Ever entered a website full of off-putting adverts that are all over the web page.AddsThere are many different types of adds (some are even widgets! Such as amazon affiliate widgets)Paid contentYou can add videos, e-books and posts that can be sponsored by companies. (fashion)Affiliate postsIf you are writing a post on books and link it to amazon through amazon associates and a reader purchases the book through your link, you could get a percentage of the purchase.
Sponsored posts Linked to paid contentSelling your blog!If you have an excellent blog and high statistics you can sell your blog for money!BeggingYou can add a donate through PayPal button where people can donate money. Essentially your are begging.
What are Blogs?Where can you start a blog?Can you make money from your blog? Name one way!Can you get in trouble for blogging?How could you use a blog?What did you think of this blog?
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Content IntroductionBlogger in 2 easy steps New to Blogger?Were You Listening?
Introduction What is Types ofDefinition History Blogger? Blogs
DefinitionAccording to Merriam Webster: “a web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer; also : the contents of such a site”The term was first used in 1999.
History• The first blog was Links.net in 1994. it was created by college student. At the time they were referred to as “Personal Homepages”.• the term “weblog” was coined in 1997. The word’s creation has been attributed to Jorn Barger, of the influential early blog Robot Wisdom.• “Weblog” was shortened to “blog” in 1999 by programmer Peter Merholz. It’s not until five years later that Merriam- Webster declares the word their word of the year.
What is Blogger?“Is a free weblog publishing tool from Google, for sharing text, photos and video.”
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