Grab Yourself a Blog
Now that you’ve done some exploring around this website and understand how this program will work, it’s time to setup your very own personal blog to begin recording your thoughts, discoveries and exercises. For this program, you can use Blogger*, a popular free online blog hosting service that is extremely easy to use, or WordPress, another free software and host site. Rasmuson Library uses WordPress for our existing staff blogs, such as the Reference blog, and the Circulation Virtual Whiteboard. Simply choose one – either Blogger or WordPress, and create your own blog. There are more blogging programs and free host sites out there too, if you want to explore on your own.
Creating a blog using Blogger takes just three steps:
- Create an account (view screenshot)
- Name your blog (view screenshot)
- Select your template. (view screenshot)
Once you’ve created your blog here are two important things to know:
- To add posts: The maintenance interface that you will use to add posts, edit or change the step-up your blog is accessed online at http://www.blogger.com. Be sure to write down your login and password.
- To view your blog: Your blog address is http://(xxxx).blogspot.com, (xxxx) = the unique identifier you entered in Step 2. Be sure to also write down your blog address.
If you run into problems or would like more information about blogs and using Blogger here are some discovery resources you can use:
- Freevlog’s Quicktime Tutorial: Setup a Free Blogger Blog Note: Ignore the opening comments about downloading Firefox if your PC doesn’t have it. This will work in Explorer just fine.
- Blogger’s Quick Tutorial
OK — Now, it’s your turn…
- Setup a blog for yourself through Blogger.
- Add a test post or two.
Note: Use one of your test posts to create an entry about the habits among the 7 and 1/2 lifelong learning habits that is easiest and hardest for you & why.
- Have fun!!!!
IMPORTANT NOTE: How you choose to identify yourself on your blog is your choice. You can blog under a screen name, anonymously, or as yourself. However, in order to qualify for the staff incentives and grand prize drawing, you will need to register your blog on Blackboard.
* Use of Blogger is only a recommendation. If there is another blog hosting site that you are more comfortable with, please feel free to use it. You may want to try WordPress, as it is the blog software used by the Rasmuson Library.
If you are a Rasmuson Library faculty, staff, or student employee, you will qualify for an Amazon gift certificate by registering your blog and recording your progress on each of the 30 things.
REGISTER YOUR BLOG
Once you have set up a blog, let us know where we can find it.
To register your blog:
- Log into Blackboard.
- Go to the “Rasmuson Learning 2.0″ course.
- Click on “Discussion Board.”
- Create a new thread under “Register your blog here!”