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)
· Blogger.com (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.