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					         Lecture 3
     Title: Web blog
By: Mr Hashem Alaidaros
CREATING YOUR PERSONAL BLOG
The following slides give advice on how to set up your Personal Blog, including:

•   Signing into Blogger where you’ll build your blog
•   Setting up a Google account (if you don’t already have one)
•   Naming your blog and giving it a URL
•   Choosing a format for your Blog
•   Posting and viewing your first message
•   Deciding who can read your blog
•   Inserting a picture into your blog
•   Giving your blog a description

The final slides meanwhile offer guidance on using your blog safely and the
types of information you might wish to include.
           What it’s used for?
•   Personal journals and opinion pages
•   Business logs
•   Communication tools, work and social
•   Forums, chat groups
         Three steps; five minutes

1.  Create an account at
   – http://www.blogger.com
2. Choose a title and URL for your blog
   – http://xxx.blogspot.com
   – xxx must be a unique name
   – blogspot.com cannot be changed
3. Choose an appearance template for your blog
   – Everything but the URL can be changed later
SIGNING INTO BLOGGER




 You’ll set up your blog
 using Blogger. You’ll
 find the site at                      If you already have a
 www.blogger.com                       Google account you
                                       can sign in here with
                                       your existing details

              If you don’t already
              have a Google account
              you need to set one up
              by clicking the arrow.
SETTING UP YOUR GOOGLE ACCOUNT

                                To set up your blogger account you’ll
                                need the visitor registration information
                                that was given out during Induction

                                Insert your university e-mail address
                                e.g. v1aknig@sms.ed.ac.uk

                                Create a password so that you’ll be able to
                                log into your blog and post messages

                                Type in your name e.g. Alan Knight

                                Type the Word Verification as it appears on
                                screen e.g. chadamses


Tick the Terms of Service box
then press CONTINUE
  GIVING YOUR BLOG A NAME AND URL




                                          This should be ‘my leaps blog’ followed by
                                          your Visitor ID number. For example:
                                          my leaps blog 20009462




This should be the same as above, but
without the spaces. For example:
myleapsblog20009462

                                        Once you’re sure you’ve given your blog the
                                        correct name and URL, move onto the next
                                        step by clicking the orange arrow
CHOOSING A TEMPLATE FOR YOUR BLOG




     Once you’ve found a Template that you’re
     happy with, click SAVE TEMPLATE. You can
     change the Template at a later stage if it
     doesn’t look good on screen.




Select a ‘look’ for your blog. You can change
the colour and typeface later on.
POSTING YOUR FIRST MESSAGE




                      Type the message title here



               Type your message here. It doesn’t matter
               what you write at this stage – Blogger
               allows you go back and edit or delete
               messages at a later date.



          You’re now ready to publish your first test
          message by clicking the PUBLISH POST
          button.
VIEWING YOUR COMPLETED MESSAGE




             Bingo! It’s that simple. You can take a peek
             at your Personal Blog by clicking either of
             the circled options.
VIEWING YOUR BLOG




                                     The Blog lacks ‘personality’ at the moment
                                     so we’re going to Customise it.




 And here it is! Not bad considering it only
 took 5-10 minutes to build.
DECIDING WHO CAN READ YOUR BLOG: STEP 1




                               This next bit is really important so we’ll take
                               it step-by-step.



   To begin, click the Settings option from the
   menu above.
DECIDING WHO CAN READ YOUR BLOG: STEP 2




     From the subheading, click on the
     Permissions option, circled above
DECIDING WHO CAN READ YOUR BLOG: STEP 3




                          You’ll probably want to restrict your blog
                          readership to the Learning Skills staff plus
                          your Personal Tutor. Select the Only people I
                          choose option


                         Secondly, enter the following e-mails into the
                         white box:
                         james.lamb@ed.ac.uk
                         m.williamson@napier.ac.uk
                         denny.colledge@ed.ac.uk
                         (plus your Personal Tutor)
ADDING A PICTURE TO YOUR BLOG: STEP 1




                                  The Add a Gadget menu allows you to insert
                                  pictures, video and other bits and pieces of
                                  varying usefulness into your blog.




            For the time being you just need to insert a
            picture of yourself – the easiest way is to use a
            file from a CD, memory stick or your hard drive
ADDING A PICTURE TO YOUR BLOG: STEP 2




                            By clicking the Choose File button, Blogger will
                            automatically open Programme Manager (or
                            equivalent) to allow you to upload your image. At
                            this stage you don’t need to give it a Title or
                            Caption (unless you particularly want to).




     With your image selected you simply need to click
     SAVE to upload it. If you don’t like the pic you can
     go through the process again and replace it with a
     more flattering image, maybe a shot from the
     modeling agency one you Photoshopped earlier.
ADDING A DESCRIPTION TO YOUR BLOG




 Now it’s time to give your blog a description so
 that readers know who the author is (after all, the
 blog is worth up to 15% of your total Learning
 Skills mark so you’ll want the marker to know who
 you are so that you can take the credit!)

                 From the Add and Arrange Page Elements page,
                 click the Edit button towards the top right.
ADDING A DESCRIPTION TO YOUR BLOG




                          Type a short description here that will appear
                          under the title banner on your blog.
                          You should include your first and surname in
                          the description, for instance, The personal blog
                          of Alan Knight




                          Now click SAVE
SOME GENERAL PRIVACY AND SECURITY POINTS
Blogger has useful security functions, nevertheless you have a role to play:

•   Remember to log out of Blogger when you’ve finished working on your blog,
    particularly if you’ve been working on a ‘public use’ computer

•   Don’t share your password with anyone else (obviously)
•   Just in case you accidentally leave your blog ‘open’, don’t include specific
    personal information in messages, such as phone number, address etc.
•   It’s up to you to decide if you want people other than the Learning Skills staff
    and your Personal Tutor to view your Blog. There’s no expectation from the
    Learning Skills team that you should do so.

If you have any concerns about using your blog safely, please contact me.
Similarly, if you experience difficulties with the Permissions function please get
in touch and I’ll be happy to help.

				
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