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Interested in starting a blog but have no idea where to begin? Stephanie Hoaglund, K12\'s Online Community Program Manager, will... explore the online world of Blogging.

Interested in starting a blog but have no idea where to begin? Stephanie Hoaglund, K12\'s Online Community Program Manager, will... explore the online world of Blogging.

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    Creating an Online Journal: Blogging 101 Creating an Online Journal: Blogging 101 Presentation Transcript

    • Today’s Presenter
      Stephanie Hoaglund
      K12Program Manager,
      Online Communities& Social Media
      Virginia
    • About Me
      Stephanie Hoaglund
      Wife and Mom of 2
      Hannah, 8
      Nate, 6
      Online Community & Social Media Program Manager, K12
      Featured speaker & blogger for K12
      the thinktanK¹² blog: http://blog.k12.com/stephanie-hoaglund
      Social Media Enthusiast
      Live Fit and Sore! Blog, http://www.livefitandsore.com provides support and inspiration to those interested in living a healthy and fit life.
      Colon-C Blog, http://colonc-thejourney.blogspot.com/ shares the experiences of my family’s recent battle with colon cancer
      Twitter: twitter.com/livestrongnsore
      Facebook: facebook.com/stephanie.hoaglund
      About.Me: http://about.me/stephaniehoaglund
    • Creating an Online Journal: Blogging 101
      What is a Blog?
      Benefits of Blogging
      Creating a Blog using Popular Blogging Tools
      Finding Resources
      Topic Ideas & Inspiration
      Getting the word out
      Q&A
    • What is a blog?
      A blog (a blend of the term web log)[1] is a type of website or part of a website. Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.
      -wikipedia.org
    • What is a blog?
      • 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.
      -blogger.com
    • Why Blog?
      Keep your family & friends in the know
      Express your thoughts & opinions
      Explore your creative side
      Expose your voice and/or idea to the world
      Learn!
      Have a business?
      Reach new markets & help grow your following
      Blogging is not for everyone!
    • Why Blog?
      Questions to ask:
      What is my goal for my blog?
      What do I want to accomplish with my blog?
      Who do I want to reach with my blog?
      What is my topic?
      -brazencareerist.com
    • Topic Ideas & Inspiration
      Start reading blogs that interest you
      Have a passion? Start writing about it
      Read & write about current news and events
      Social media tools: twitter, facebook
      Your life
      Share your experiences
      A blog post can be written about anything
    • Create a Blog
      Free account offered by Google
      Very Easy to Use
      Popularity of Gmail accounts
      Easy for blog readers to leave comments
      Support resources widely available
      Help Forum
      Video tutorial: http://bit.ly/s3_blogger
      Standard Blog Url
      youchooseit.blogspot.com
      blogger.com
    • Create a Blog
      • Free service
      • Create private posts or entire private blogs.
      • Invite friends & family
      • Integrate rss feeds
      • Social tools (ie Twitter, AIM) can be incorporated easily
      • Schedule posts
      • URL: yourchoice.tumblr.com
      tumblr.com
    • Create a Blog
      wordpress.com
      Free service
      Analytics Available
      Customizable Themes
      Social tools integration
      URL: youchooseit.wordpress.com
    • Create a Blog
      KaBlog.com
      Free account
      Very Easy to Use
      URL: youchooseit.kablog.com
    • Finding Free Resources for your blog
      stock.xchng or freedigitalphotos.net
      Free images that you can use legally
      Paint.net
      free image and photo editing software
      Google Analytics
      free service offered by Google that generates detailed statistics about the visitors to a website
      Google Reader
      feed reader that constantly checks your favorite news sites and blogs for new content
    • Tell the world about your blog
      Post regularly
      Share posts on Twitter, Facebook, other social tools
      Upload videos to You Tube
      Join a blogging community
      Be active and leave comments on other blogs
      Cross link to other blogs relevant to your post
    • Q & A