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Blogging for nature 2: Blockheads to Blogheads


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Blogging for nature 2: Blockheads to Blogheads

  1. 1. “ Blockheads” to “Blogheads” Beginners Workshop in Blogging 19 October 2007 Organized by Naked Hermit Crabs Hosted by NIE Green Club
  2. 2. Who are we?
  3. 3. Getting to know you! Introduce yourself, your affiliations and/or the current projects you are working on! Share ONE aspect of nature in Singapore that you feel more people should know about
  4. 4. Why are we here? <ul><li>Blogs make a difference! </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits of Blogging </li></ul><ul><li>Remember: this is a BEGINNERS course </li></ul><ul><li>A step-by-step, hands-on introduction to the Blogger interface. </li></ul><ul><li>An exchange between generations: get to know your tutors & students! </li></ul>
  5. 5. What is a blog? <ul><li>A web diary recording daily personal trivia </li></ul><ul><li>A web log of information </li></ul><ul><li>A tool for easy publication of web content </li></ul>
  6. 6. Meet Blogger! <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>What is Blogger? </li></ul><ul><li>A “platform” or “interface” for blogging </li></ul><ul><li>Translation: An online service to help you create and host your blog! </li></ul><ul><li>It’s free! </li></ul>
  7. 7. Are there other “hosts”? Yes! There are lots of them. They are called “blogging platforms” which is like the operating system. Different hosts can have different platforms. Today we are only introducing BLOGGER
  8. 8. ¿Questions?
  9. 9. But… Why Blog? <ul><li>“ Blogging Makes a Difference!” </li></ul><ul><li>Ria </li></ul>
  10. 10. ¿Questions?
  11. 11. Let’s get started!
  12. 12. Step 1: Get an account! <ul><li>Do you have a google account? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If yes, log in at </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If no, go to and click </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google owns Blogger. A google or google mail (gmail) account serves as a blogger account </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Step 2: Log in to Blogger <ul><li>Using your new Google account, log in! </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  14. 14. Step 3: Create a new blog
  15. 15. Step 4: Naming your blog
  16. 16. Naming your Blogs <ul><li>It can be difficult finding available addresses </li></ul><ul><li>The address should be: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Simple </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Short </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to remember </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relevant </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. ¿Questions?
  18. 18. Choose a Template
  19. 19. Write your first post!
  20. 20. ¿Questions?
  21. 21. Decorating your blogs <ul><li>Choose a template </li></ul><ul><li>Choose some page elements / widgets </li></ul><ul><li>Choose your settings </li></ul><ul><li>Explore further at home </li></ul><ul><li>Or keep it simple! </li></ul>
  22. 22. ¿Questions?
  23. 23. I don’t have time to blog! Share the workload with group blogs
  24. 24. Practice: NHC Workshop Blog All participants will be added as members of this blog. Respond to the email invitation.
  25. 25. ¿Questions?
  26. 26. Spicing up your post <ul><li>New Post / Edit Posts </li></ul><ul><li>Adding photos & videos </li></ul><ul><li>Adding labels </li></ul><ul><li>Adding links </li></ul><ul><li>Formatting your post </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bold <b></b> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Italics <I></I> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Underline <u></u> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quotes <blockquote></blockquote> </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. Practice: NHC Workshop Blog Using the things you just learnt, post on the NHC Workshop Blog: 1) A short introduction of you and your tutor 2) Link the new blog you just created 3) Use the webcam to take and post a photo! 4) Add the label “participants” in your post
  28. 28. ¿Questions?
  29. 29. Now you have a blog… Maintain it! Engage the “young”!
  30. 30. What are your options? <ul><li>Write and post by yourself! </li></ul><ul><li>Save draft and come back another time </li></ul><ul><li>you write, others will &quot;blog it&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>you provide the photos, content, let the young ones maintain the blog </li></ul><ul><li>getting young blog volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>talk with your blog tutors! </li></ul>
  31. 31. Where do we go from here? Continue your blog of course!
  32. 32. Your Mission <ul><li>To maintain a blog for the next 3 months by </li></ul><ul><ul><li>yourself, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>as a group, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>with your blog tutors or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>with a blog volunteer from your organization </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No Cheating! No less than 2 posts a month! </li></ul><ul><li>If you are able to maintain the blog, come back for the next workshop! </li></ul>
  33. 33. Will there be a Sequel? <ul><li>Share your experience blogging </li></ul><ul><li>Share difficulties - we will discuss these </li></ul><ul><li>Learn new tools within and beyond blogger! </li></ul>
  34. 34. ¿Questions?
  35. 35. Thank You! <ul><li>Vilma and NIE Green Club for hosting us and for providing the food! </li></ul><ul><li>Ria for sharing time, experience and food! </li></ul><ul><li>All the tutors for coming to help out today! What would we do without you! </li></ul><ul><li>All the participants for having the interest and taking the effort to learn! </li></ul>