Monday, September 3, 2007

Week Two - 2. Create your own blog and write something

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'blog' is short for 'web log'. It evolved from a 'web journal', like an online diary. Blogs serve different purposes. They are promotional tools, communication tools, social tools, or tools for sharing or commenting on news.

Why blog?

People blog because they want to share with others. They may share their opinions, rants on particular topics, or news from a holiday. They may even have a professional blog where they share views on their industry, or they may have a blog all about their cat.

When you're blogging, you can adopt any persona you like. One blogger adopted a persona they called Fake Steve Jobs and tried to write from the perspective of Steve Jobs.

Many companies have an 'official' blog, where they release news about the company and views about the industry. Some blogs are highly successful due to the personality of the blog's author. Some blogs have multiple authors.

Your task

You'll need to create your own blog. Have a look at Blogger.com and WordPress.com. You can get a free blog at either of these websites. Click the "Sign Up" or "Create a free blog" link to get started, and follow the directions.

I would also like you to write your very first post on your blog. You may want to introduce yourself, or your persona, or explain what the blog is for. Simply go to your blog and click 'New Post'.

Over the course of 23 Things, you'll need to write a blog post about each 'thing' you complete. That will let the 23 Things committee know what you're up to. You should also have a think about the audience for your blog - who are you blogging to? Anyone can read your blog - will you show it to your family, your friends, or will you just keep it to yourself? Will you want to continue blogging after you've completed all 23 Things?

Have a look at the links below for ideas on what to blog about, and why people blog.


Important: Bookmark your blog!

Save your blog to your bookmarks or favourites folder so you can return to it quickly later. You'll need to add an entry to it for each 23 Things task you complete.

Want to be anonymous?

If you prefer, you can create a blog under a pseudonym - you don't have to give your real name. The only people that will know whose blog it really is will be the 23 Things committee.

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3 comments:

Kat said...

BTW - if you use blogspot.com to host your blog, you will receive an email address to verify your google account. Follow the steps in the email to verify and remember your username and password. This saves you from completing the registration for a google account in week 7!

JJ said...

Kat - can you please explain the difference between the blog page and the blog post page. I am a little confused at this point.

Thanks.

Kat said...

jj - the blog homepage is the homepage of the blog website. On the blog homepage you have the entire contents of the blog post for the past 7 blog posts. For example, the blog homepage for this blog is http://23things-deakin.blogspot.com/

A blog post is the individual blog post for each blog entry. So once you go over 7 blog posts, the blog post can still be viewed by using the exact URL address of the blog post. For example, the exact blog post address for this post is http://23things-deakin.blogspot.com/2007/09/2-create-your-own-blog-and-write.html.

Can anyone else help JJ out?