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
2. Choose a title and URL for your blog
– 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
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:
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
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
To begin, click the Settings option from the
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
Secondly, enter the following e-mails into the
(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.