How to Set up Your Blog

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					                                     TO SET UP YOUR BLOG

If you do NOT have any e-mail account:

   1.   Go to “”
   2.   Click on “gmail” on the upper navigation bar
   3.   Click on “create an account” on the right hand side
   4.   Fill in the information (please note that the third line of information is what your e-mail address will be)
   5.   Once you have done this you never have to check your e-mail account. This is only to give you access to all
        of the tools that Google has that we will be using, including your blog.

If you have any e-mail account:

   1. Go to
   2. Click on “create a blog” on the right hand side of the page
   3. Fill in all of the information
           a. E-mail address (twice)
           b. Password (twice) – I would suggest using the same password as you do for your e-mail account
           c. Whatever name you want to appear on your blog when you are signed in
           d. E-mail notifications (leave blank if you don’t want to receive any)
           e. Birthday – be sure to follow the correct format
           f. Word Verification – type in what you see
           g. Acceptance of Terms – you must click this box to continue
           h. Click “continue”
           i. If there are any errors on the page, then you must go back and correct them AS WELL AS re-entering
                your password. You may keep the same password, you just have to re-enter it.
   4. You will now come to “name your blog”
           a. Blog Title - First, you will come up with a name for your blog. This should in some way tell the
                visitor who you are and what the purpose of your blog is. It does not need to include any other
                information than that. For example, my blog name is “Mr. Boyle’s History Blog”
           b. Blog Address (URL) – all of you will use “viking(your first name)(period) Google
                will check for availability. If we need to we will add some other identifiable character to yours, but
                this should work.
           c. Word Verification – type in what you see
           d. Click “continue”
   5. You will now come to “choose a starter template”
           a. Just pick one and away we go.
           b. Once you get to your blog, click on “dashboard” and you should see your blog name and some
                options. Choose “design”
           c. Click on the “edit HTML” tab
           d. Hit <ctrl> f to turn on the “find” feature
           e. Type in “var” and you should be taken to a spot that says “/* variable definitions”
           f. Put your cursor at the before the “/” and hit <enter>
           g. Go back to the blank line that you just created and enter this code:
                #navbar-iframe {
                display: none !important;
           h. Hit <enter>
           i. Hit “save template”
           j. This will eliminate the navigation bar from your blog, because we do not want people using your blog
                to navigate to someone else’s that we don’t know anything about.

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