Wednesday, December 7, 2011

How to build a blog

HOW TO BUILD A BLOG (or website)

1.      Look at other blogs to get an idea about what you want in your own blog
·         What do you like?
·         What do you not like?
·         What designs appeal to you?
·         What kind of content presentation is most engaging and useful?
2.      Consider the goals of your blog (these can be changed at any time)
·         Is this directed to friend, other teachers, students, or potential employers?
·         Will you use this to communicate information, expand your lessons from the classroom, or build an informational resource?  All?  More?
·         How will you manage posts by others?  Open?  Managed?  Members only?
·         Will the blog be public or private?
3.      Decide if you want a stand-alone blog or a blog imbedded within a website
·         Website may be easier to navigate & some email providers offer free sites with your web service package (check if you have cable internet access or who you pay for your web access through)
·         Free blogging hosts easily available and easily set up
4.      Find a Provider (website that helps people setup and build websites and blogs)
· (affiliated with Google)
·         Check your school system for technologies they offer
·         Again, check your service provider if you want to do this with a full website
5.      Name your Blog
6.      Select a Template
·         Your provider should have a selection of ready-made designs available to make your blog look attractive and engaging
·         Select a template that represents both your personality and what you want the readers to think about your content
7.       Choose  your Settings
·         This is where you will determine privacy settings and availability of your Blog for posting by other members, non-members and posting moderation
8.      Select additional Features
·         Do you have a list of websites to share?
·         Documents to post for availability?
·         Lots of freebie and pay-for blog applications available if you’re interested
9.      Test it out!
·         Write a few posts, share the web address, ask for people to become ‘followers’ of your blog and post comments. 
·         If your audience is your students then this should be a homework assignment or in-class computer lab activity.