Create a username (this will be part of your new blog’s URL) & password (write these down), type email address, check agree, next
Write down your blog domain
Change blog title if you want (or you can change this later), privacy box(?), sign up
Check email to activate new account
Go back into www.wordpress.com and enter username & password
You will see a new header that has 3 sections: My Account, My Dashboard, & New Post
Name your blog, set the time stamp, allow/disallow comments
Click on My Dashboard
Click Settings (at right) to create tagline & set time (PT is -7 hours), click Save Changes
Still under Settings, click Discussion to uncheck “Allow people to post comments” if you do not want any dialog (keep it checked if you want to be part of Web 2.0’s social interactivity ~ WordPress has a very good spam blocker called Akismet)
Click Design (in first line of navigation bar within My Dashboard … second line of navigation bar consists of subcategories of the selected tab in the first line)
Pick one (some offer custom image headers, like Connections, Freshy, etc.; if you’ll be using multiple pages, it’s nice to have one that lists “Home” at the top) and click on the name to view, then Activate (top right), and View Site (next to title)
If you have a picture stored on your computer and you chose a template offering a custom image header, you can go to My Dashboard, Design, Custom Image Header, scroll down to Upload New Header Image, browse, choose your picture, upload, move cropped area box, click crop.
Click on Edit by the post you just created. (You can also get there via My Dashboard, Manage, Posts, click on the post title)
Change title. Open another browser & go to www.youtube.com and find something interesting, copy the URL. Go back to your post and click 2nd icon by “Add Media.” Go to the URL field & paste in URL. Click “insert into post” then “save.” (If this was a new post you would click “publish.”) View Site.
Click “new post” then open another browser & go to Google Images at http:// images.google.com to find a picture (make sure it doesn’t say it’s under copyright protection)
Copy the picture to the desktop.
Go back into the new post screen, click on 1st icon by “Add Media.” Use “choose files to upload” to find the link from your desktop. Give it a title, Upload, make selections (try thumbnail), then “insert into post,” then “publish.” View Site.
Go to Dashboard, Design, click on the name of a different template, Activate. View Site.
Check out Widgets (tools that appear in columns next to your postings) under Design for further customization. (Good ones to start with include: Archives, Categories, Pages, Links/blogroll, & Meta.) Meta includes “log in/out” which is convenient.