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Blogging 1

  1. 1. BLOGGING 1 Basic concepts Paul McNulty Stevenson College 03/06/2010
  2. 2. What is a blog? Discussion point
  3. 3. What is a blog? <ul><li>a content publishing system where entries are added over time </li></ul><ul><li>often - but not always - one ‘owner’ </li></ul><ul><li>most recent content is placed at the top of the page </li></ul><ul><li>may contain many different types of data </li></ul><ul><li>many different applications </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is a blog for ? Discussion point
  5. 5. What is a blog for ? <ul><li>expressing thoughts and opinions </li></ul><ul><li>collecting related information </li></ul><ul><li>creating a community focus </li></ul><ul><li>as a journal or diary </li></ul><ul><li>disseminating resources </li></ul><ul><li>as a noticeboard </li></ul>
  6. 6. What different kinds of blog are there? <ul><li>personal </li></ul><ul><li>business </li></ul><ul><li>teaching and learning </li></ul><ul><li>lifestyle </li></ul><ul><li>news/political </li></ul><ul><li>magazine </li></ul>
  7. 12. Where do you find blogs? <ul><li>As with everything on the internet, there are lots of ways to find things, but two good starting points for blogs are: </li></ul><ul><li>www.technorati.com www.blogsearch.google.com </li></ul>
  8. 13. Find four blogs www.technorati.com www.blogsearch.google.com Activity
  9. 14. <ul><li>What interested you about the blogs you found? </li></ul><ul><li>What was similar about each blog? </li></ul><ul><li>What was different? </li></ul>Discussion
  10. 15. BLOGGING 2 Building a blog Paul McNulty Stevenson College 03/06/2010
  11. 16. Building a blog <ul><li>Blogs can either be hosted on your own </li></ul><ul><li>server or online </li></ul><ul><li>We’re going to be looking at online </li></ul><ul><li>hosting today </li></ul>
  12. 17. Building a blog <ul><li>These are some sites you can use: </li></ul><ul><li>wordpress </li></ul><ul><li>blogger </li></ul><ul><li>livejournal </li></ul><ul><li>Tumblr </li></ul><ul><li>Typepad (not free) </li></ul><ul><li>… there are many others! </li></ul>
  13. 18. Building a blog <ul><li>We’re going to be using wordpress today </li></ul>
  14. 19. Building a blog <ul><li>www.wordpress.com will allow you make and host a blog online </li></ul>www.wordpress.org supplies software to host a blog on your own server
  15. 20. Building a blog <ul><li>Spend just 1 minute thinking about the name of your blog* </li></ul><ul><li>* that’s just for this session – when you do it again, take as long as you like! </li></ul>
  16. 21. Building a blog <ul><li>First, we’ll need to sign up </li></ul><ul><li>Go to: www.wordpress.com </li></ul>
  17. 22. Building a blog
  18. 23. <ul><li><<< if you see this, </li></ul><ul><li>choose another name </li></ul>
  19. 24. Building a blog <ul><li>You’re in the driving seat of your blog! </li></ul>
  20. 26. explore the interface insert content Activity
  21. 27. Building a blog <ul><li>You can extend the blog with: </li></ul><ul><li>tags and categories </li></ul><ul><li>themes </li></ul><ul><li>widgets </li></ul><ul><li>plugins </li></ul><ul><li>blogrolls </li></ul><ul><li>linkback methods </li></ul>
  22. 28. BLOGGING 3 Taking it further Paul McNulty Stevenson College 03/06/2010
  23. 29. How might you use blogs in your field? Discussion point

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