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Blogger Tutorial


http://www.blogger.com
Here's a pdf of these instructions with screen shots that you can download.
Step 1 Create an Account
1. Go to blogger.com
2. If you have a google account, go ahead and sign in. If you have iGoogle you have a google account.
3. If you don’t have a google account, choose step 1 Create an account.
Step 2 Name Your Blog
1. Name your blog. Here are names from some of my favorite blogs: Cool Cat Teacher Blog, 2¢ Worth, Moving at the Speed of Creativity, A Chat with Mary (hee, hee - that’s mine!).
2. You get to determine the first part of your web address (URL). You want this to be something easy for people to get to. Don’t use capital letters, punctuation, or spaces. My URL is achatwithmary.blogspot.com.
You could try lindaswriting.blogspot.com, randysixth.blogspot.com, or whatever you think will be simple to get to. There is a possibility that someone else already has the URL you are trying so you might have to try something else.
Step 3 Choose a template
1. Look through the templates and choose the style you like the best. These can be edited a little later on if you so choose. Click in the little circle to select the one you want.
2. Click Continue.
Step 4 Start Posting
1. Create a title. This might be Writing Essentials ch. 1
2. Click inside the window and type your reflections, thoughts, ideas, etc. for ch. 1.
3. When you are finished click on Publish Post. If you get started and don’t have time to finish, then click on Save Now. You can come back to it later and finish.
That’s all there is to it! View your blog to see how it looks to the public. If you need to change it, click on edit post. When you’re ready to post again , click on Create a new post and add your reflections.
Comments
In order for others to comment on your post you’ll need to check your settings.
Option 1 This is located under the area where you just posted. Click on the words Post Options to get the choices below. Since you will be expected to comment on each others’ blogs you’ll need to check Allow under Reader Comments.
Labels for this post: these are key words that someone might use to search for your post: such as, writing, reflections, etc.
Option 2
Click on the Settings tab to see all the options available. Most importantly choose Who Can Comment? Since everyone in this study group will have a blog you might as well choose Users with Google Accounts.
Signing Out
Since I’m using my laptop (a computer that I don’t share with anyone else) I don’t ever sign out. That way the next time I won’t have to sign in. You can quit your browser (Firefox) and come in another time - in the same browser - and you’ll be logged in.
Login
If you logged out from your last session, simply log back in. I say simply - the hardest thing is remembering your username and password! Write it down somewhere. I use my electronic sticky notes to keep track of my passwords.
Once you log back in you’ll be taken to your blog where you’ll be able to edit your post, edit your profile, etc.

That’s enough to get started. Look around at the other tabs and links and explore the other options. We’ll be happy to help you with your blogs if you need further assistance.

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