Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate
Creating a blog part 2
The anatomy
of a blog
By the end of this e-torial, you will be able
to:
 Tell the difference between a blog and a
static website by looking at ...
Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate
Index
 Before you start
 What does a blog look like?
 The blog title...
Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate
Before you create your blog….
If you have not done so before,
first wor...
Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate
What does a blog look like?
A blog consists of…
 A web address
 A blo...
Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate
The blog title
Your blog title will be the most
important decision that...
Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate
The blog address
What does the blog address
reveal about the
person/blo...
Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate
Your title tagline
Your tagline must support your title and blog focus!...
Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate
Pages and Posts
For the rest a blog page and post look exactly the same...
Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate
Pages
Make sure that your pages have information that “age” well, as we...
Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate
Blog Posts
A blog posts consists of a….
 Title
 Who authored the post...
Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate
Comments
Sometimes the blog author can choose to first moderate the com...
Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate
Themes
Pick the theme that will satisfy all your requirements! There ar...
Depending on if the “look and feel”
(known in blog-world as “Theme”)
allows you to upload your own header
picture, you can...
Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate
The sidebar(s)
Sidebar widgets are updated automatically making your bl...
Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate
The sidebar Essentials
Don’t overcrowd you sidebars!
It can also have s...
Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate
Choosing a blogging platform
For a detailed comparison, see http://puls...
Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate
Choosing a blogging platform
You will also be able to export between th...
Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate
Making decisions
You will also be able to export between the two platfo...
Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate
Self assessment Rubric
Assess your level of skill: 1 MMMmmm still need...
This tutorial was developed by maggiev
for the Department of Education for use
by subject advisors, teachers and learners
...
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The anatomy of a blog: A tutorial

  1. 1. Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate Creating a blog part 2 The anatomy of a blog
  2. 2. By the end of this e-torial, you will be able to:  Tell the difference between a blog and a static website by looking at the structures  Decide how you want to structure your blog  Decide where to blog This e-torial make use of the following programmes or tools:  Browser: Internet Explorer, Firefox  A blogging platform: Blogger , Edublogs, Wordpress Outcomes Tools Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate Creating a blog: Structure and platforms
  3. 3. Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate Index  Before you start  What does a blog look like?  The blog title  The blog address  Your title tagline  Pages and Posts  Pages  Blog Posts  Comments  Blog themes  Your blog Banner (header)  The sidebar(s)  The sidebar Essentials  Choosing a blogging platform  Self assessment Rubric To return to this index page, click on on the top right
  4. 4. Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate Before you create your blog…. If you have not done so before, first work through the Why and What of blogging e-torial So this means that you….  Already have a purpose for your blog (personal, class, organisational…..)  Have completed the first 2 steps of your blogging action plan Purpose •What is your blog going to be about? •School? Personal? Organisational? •Who is your audience? Learners? Parents Ideas •What posts have to be included? •Ideas Folder •Look for opportunities. Create •Where are you going to create it? •Choose a theme •Insert feeds, widgets, interactivity Maintain •Update regularly •Look after comments Action plan Remember: Creating a blog without a clear idea of why you want to do it, is like writing a book without a topic. Download Action plan Template
  5. 5. Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate What does a blog look like? A blog consists of…  A web address  A blog title  A header banner with/without page links (Upload your own)  A blog post where you can:  Write, embed videos, pictures, slideshows…  A sidebar where you can store lots of widgets like:  A search window  A calendar  A place to subscribe  Previous blog posts  ………..  A place for others to leave comments
  6. 6. Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate The blog title Your blog title will be the most important decision that you will make about your blog  It is the headline that will pull your audience in (or push them away)  It sets the tone for your blog and what you are going to write about  It should capture the focus of the blog 1. Discuss what the blogs to the right are all about 2. Click on the pictures to see if your assumptions were correct 3. Read the Marketing Loop’s blogpost on the importance of a blog title 4. Decide on a blog title that will support the focus of your blog I ACTIVITY
  7. 7. Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate The blog address What does the blog address reveal about the person/blog? A blog address consist of:  The part you choose  It can be your name http://maggie.iblog.co.za  It can be your class  It can be your blog title  The platform that hosts your blog  Eg Blogspot, Wordpress 1st prize Your chosen blog address might not be available…… Try to link the address to your blog title!
  8. 8. Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate Your title tagline Your tagline must support your title and blog focus! Which of these taglines grabs you the most and why?
  9. 9. Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate Pages and Posts For the rest a blog page and post look exactly the same  Title  Body  Comment space Some blogging platforms allow you to create separate pages. This is cool……  You can have dedicated places for more static information (info that does not need to change often eg About Us, Contact Us, Training)  It makes it easier for visitors to find dedicated information  You can create a website with pages  Posts usually appear on the Frontpage (start/home page)  In reverse chronological order  Blogger (Blogspot) does not allow you to have pages, only posts! What is the difference between a page and a post?
  10. 10. Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate Pages Make sure that your pages have information that “age” well, as we often tend to forget about updating our static pages……… What pages should I have?  Enduring information  Important information  Links to blog posts supporting the page theme  …….. What do I put in/on my pages? 1. Create a list of pages that will support the focus of your blog 2. Decide what you will put on each page I ACTIVITY
  11. 11. Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate Blog Posts A blog posts consists of a….  Title  Who authored the post  In which category it is saved  Tags to find it again  A link where you can edit it  Date it was posted  The actual post (or article)  An automated book–marking / sharing widget  A link to comments (If you click on this you will also see a comment form at the bottom of the post1. Visit a few blog sites and check if they ALL have these elements! I ACTIVITY
  12. 12. Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate Comments Sometimes the blog author can choose to first moderate the comment! How do I see comments and make my own? You can find the comments in 2 ways:  Look for the comment link above or below the blogpost  Click on the blogpost title  you will then see the post, comments and comment form where you can insert your comment
  13. 13. Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate Themes Pick the theme that will satisfy all your requirements! There are lots of themes to choose from Blog Themes provides blogs with a distinctive “look and feel”. Once you have registered for a blog you will be able to customize your blog by choosing a theme! A theme also determines:  How many columns & sidebars (1 or 2)  If you can insert widgets  If you can upload your own header banner 2 columns, 1 sidebar right, No custom header 3 columns, 2 sidebars right, Custom header 3 columns, 2 sidebars (left & right) No custom header 4 columns, 3 sidebars (on right) Custom header
  14. 14. Depending on if the “look and feel” (known in blog-world as “Theme”) allows you to upload your own header picture, you can customize your blog with a neat visualisation! Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate Your blog Banner (header) Make sure that your banner picture fits in with your focus and colour scheme! Why should I upload a header banner?  It will personalise your blog  It will give “visual learners” a quick way to relate to your blog  It will brand your blog “look and feel “ in support of your focus!!!
  15. 15. Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate The sidebar(s) Sidebar widgets are updated automatically making your blog look fresh and vibey! The sidebar of your blog allows you to “mash” and embed lots of interactive widgets and feeds from all over the internet! Now the fun begins……!!!!
  16. 16. Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate The sidebar Essentials Don’t overcrowd you sidebars! It can also have standard entries which you can activate:  Recent Posts  Tell visitors what you have blogged about recently  Blogroll  A link list to your favourite blog writers blogs  Categories  Divides your posts into more manageable “folders”  Search window Visitors can search for anything in your blogposts!  Post archives - Links to past posts  Subscription option –Get a following  Meta data  Allows you to log into your blog  Link to your blogs feeds
  17. 17. Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate Choosing a blogging platform For a detailed comparison, see http://pulsed.blogspot.com/2007/07/blogger- wordpress-chart.html There are quite a few free blogging platforms (tools) around. Here are 3 to choose from:  Blogger (Blogspot)  Wordpress  Edublogs (a must if you will be doing an educational blog) and are powered with a Wordpress engine Wordpress Blogger Pages and posts Only posts No e-mail posting Send blog posts via e-mail How do I choose a place to blog????
  18. 18. Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate Choosing a blogging platform You will also be able to export between the two platforms For purposes of our blog creation tutorials, you can choose between 2 blog platforms:  Wordpress If you are going to create a business, organisational, or personal blog  Edublogs If the focus of your blog will be educational  You can create separate blogs for your learners where you can be added as an admin! MMMmmm where must I create my blog!!!!
  19. 19. Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate Making decisions You will also be able to export between the two platforms 1. Go to the following blogs and compare the blog platform structures • http://maggiev.edublogs.org Edublogs • http://studyopp.blogspot.com/ (Blogger) • http://vale24.wordpress.com/ (Wordpress) 2. Choose a blogging platform that you here you want to create your blog. 3. Complete your blogging action plan I ACTIVITY Download Action plan Template
  20. 20. Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate Self assessment Rubric Assess your level of skill: 1 MMMmmm still need more thought/practice; 2 Getting there! 3 Cool- No problems! You know what the focus of your blog is going to be 1 2 3 You understand the structure of a blog 1 2 3 You have a blog title that support your focus 1 2 3 You have chosen a suitable blog address URL 1 2 3 Your blog tagline enhance your blog focus 1 2 3 You know the difference between Pages and Posts 1 2 3 You have decided what pages your blog will have 1 2 3 You know how blog posts are structured 1 2 3 You know how to find and make comments 1 2 3 You are familiar with different blog themes 1 2 3 You know what a blog Banner is 1 2 3 You are familiar with different sidebar widgets 1 2 3 You have chosen a blogging platform where you will create your blog 1 2 3
  21. 21. This tutorial was developed by maggiev for the Department of Education for use by subject advisors, teachers and learners All e-turials can be found on the Thutong portal: www.thutong.org.za Intermediate ICT Skills: Communicate & Collaborate About this Presentation information For more blogging resources, see: http://groups.diigo.com/groups/blogging 101 It forms part of a online learning pathway and is a self study tutorial  Part 1: Blog: What? Why?  Creating a blog  Part 2:The anatomy of a blog  Part 3: Registering for your blog and creating posts and pages  Part 4: Making your blog look good  Part 5:Making your blog interactive with widgets and RSS

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