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