Blogging



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  1. Determine a theme. Most bloggers take one of three approaches. Some write on whatever happens to interest them at the moment. In this sense, their blog is truly a “web journal.” Some select a single theme and stick to it. While others, focus on a primary theme but occasionally deviate from it. If you want to develop a following of loyal readers, the latter two approaches are best. People who have similar interests will keep coming back for more.
  2. Select a service. There are lots of different blogging services available. I recommend Blogger.com. WordPress.com and EduBlog.org
  3. Set up your blog. Most of the blogging services make this a very simple process. Don’t be put off because it sounds technical. It usually isn’t. You won’t need to become a geek. However, you will have to make some decisions about how you want your blog to look. You’ll have to decide on a “theme,” meaning the colors, number of columns, and the overall look and feel of your blog. You may want to include your picture. If so, you’ll need a digital copy. Regardless, this is something you can tweak as you go.
  4. Write your first post. Okay, now you’re ready to create your first post. Keep your posts short. Develop momentum. Get the hang of it. Stick to what you know. If you don’t know where else to start, begin with a “Welcome to My Blog” post. Tell your prospective readers why you have started your blog and what kinds of things you intend to write about.
  5. Add the bells and whistles. Most blogs allow you to post the books you are reading, albums you enjoy, and various other lists. You will want a visitor tracker and any other widget that may get your interest. You can also incorporate third-party services like Feedblitz or Feedburner. These enables your readers to subscribe to your site and even receive an e-mail whenever you post a new entry. The best way to get an idea of what is available is to read other people’s blogs and take note of what you like.
  6. Publicize your blog. You’ll want to make sure you’re “pinging” the major weblog tracking sites. Most of the blogging services handle this automatically, as do the offline blogging clients. Don’t worry if you don’t understand this process. You don’t need to understand it to use it. (Here’s a simple explanation.) Basically, your service or software will send a notification to the tracking sites to alert them that you have posted a new entry. If your software doesn’t allow this, you might want to make use of pingomatic. This is a super-easy service that will ping fourteen different services. All you have to do is enter your blog address whenever you post a new entry.
  7. Write regularly. This is the best advice I could give you for building readership. If people like what you write, they will come back. However, if there’s nothing new to read, they will eventually lose interest. So, the more regularly you post something, the more your readership will grow. I suggest you schedule time to write. It won’t happen on its own. At some point, it comes down to making a commitment and sticking to it.
Finally, I would suggest that you be patient with yourself. Writing is like anything else. The more you do it, the better you get. If you have a little talent, and stick with it, you’ll eventually get into the rhythm and joy of it. Blogging is a great way of journaling and sharing your thoughts with others.


Student Blogging

Here is a link to help set up a Blogger Blogpage

Edublog's Reasons to Blog



Here is a blogpost that is a list of things not to do on your blog

Here is a blogpost about making interesting headlines

Here is a listing of Good Examples of BlogPages from Larry Ferlazzo. He is somone to follow.