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http://bryonytaylor.comBuild your own website orblog using wordpress.comCranmer Hall/Wesley StudyCentreMay 2013
http://bryonytaylor.comWhat’s a blog?Contractionof web-log– it’s like anonlinejournalMydefinition:a placeonlinewhere youcan putstuff!
http://bryonytaylor.comWhy blog?You could have all sorts of reasons to blog: forCPD, to have a resource to return to, to share whatyou’re learning with others, for fun, to shareexpertise, to keep in touch with friends & family, for
http://bryonytaylor.comCreate your blog – step 1• Think of a name (this will be the url &your username eg.yourname.wordpress.com)• Think of a title (you can change the titlelater)• Visit wordpress.com and sign up• Click on confirmation email to complete
http://bryonytaylor.comCreate your blog – step 2Familiarise yourself with the ‘dashboard’, save yourusername and password somewhere
http://bryonytaylor.comCreate your blog – step 3Go to ‘Appearance’ first to get your site looking howyou want it.
http://bryonytaylor.comCreate your blog – step 4Choose a theme – this is how your site will look.Experiment with different looks. You can changeyour theme at any time.
http://bryonytaylor.comCreate your blog – step 5Add a header picture if you wish. Go to ‘Header’ tochange the header image.
http://bryonytaylor.comCreate your blog – step 6Choose your ‘widgets’. ‘Drag’ which widgets youwant to appear in your sidebar. Keep checking yoursite to see how they look until you’re happy.Dashboard viewLooks like this on blog
http://bryonytaylor.comCreate your blog – step 7Create a custom menu – can add external links
http://bryonytaylor.comCreate your blog – step 8Add pages (you can add content to your pages later).You may wish to edit the dummy ‘about’ page sothat your visitors know what they’re looking at.
http://bryonytaylor.comCreate your blog – step 9Choose whether you want your home page to be‘static’ (ie. Stays the same) or for it to show yourlatest blog post.If you want to have a static home page(rather than your most recent blog postappearing on the home page) follow thesesteps:Create a new blank page and call it‘Blog’, save itGo to ‘Settings’ and ‘Reading’. Choose whichpage you want as the ‘static’ page andchoose ‘blog’ for where your blog posts willgo – don’t forget to save!
http://bryonytaylor.comCreate your blog – step 10Connect your social media accounts.Link your social media profiles to your blog –this means whenever you publish a new blogpost it will automatically go to twitter,facebook, linkedin etc.Go to ‘Settings’ and ‘Sharing’.Click on the relevant links on ‘Publicize’ tolink your accounts.
http://bryonytaylor.comCreate your blog – step 11Add sharing buttons so people can share yourcontent on social networks. Go to ‘Settings’ and‘Sharing’ and drag and drop the services you want.
http://bryonytaylor.comCreate your blog – step 12Write your first blog post – edit the dummy postcreated for you called ‘Hello World’.Work out how to add a link, image and video andedit the text. It works much like Word.
http://bryonytaylor.comCreate your blog – step 13Add tags and categories to your post. Decide whenyou want the post to publish and schedule.
http://bryonytaylor.com• Always include animage in your post(ensure it is royaltyfree - http://sxc.hu/ &http://commons.wikimedia.org for freeimages)• Connect to Twitterand Facebook to getmore hits• Always reply tocomments (unlessobviously spam)Some quick tips on blogging• Split long posts upinto separate posts –max length 500 words• A blog post could justbe an image or video –it needn’t be long!• Read other blogs forinspiration andrespond• Post regularly• Be topical• Have fun!
http://bryonytaylor.comMy 3 golden rules:Don’t be afraid!Go for it, don’t be timid, you justhave to give it a try.Don’t be stupid!Don’t write anything you’d beembarrassed for a loved one or yourboss to read!Be yourself!Be authentic, people can spot a fake.
http://bryonytaylor.comThanks. Keep in touch! http://bryonytaylor.comI’m @vahva on Twitter firstname.lastname@example.org://bigbible.org.uk & http://seedresources.comfor extra help and resources
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