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#2 Grab yourself a blog

2009 August 2
by naomi

Now that you’ve done some exploring around this website and understand how this program will work, it’s time to set up your very own personal blog to begin recording your thoughts, discoveries and exercises in. For this program, we’re giving you instructions for Blogger, a popular free online blog hosting service from Google that is extremely easy to use. And just fyi, in case you’re curious about the blog software we’re using for these program pages, it’s WordPress. But you are free to use whichever blog software you feel most comfortable with.

Important note:  If you plan to use Blogger, the registration process will ask you to sign in with either a Google Gmail account OR a Google account. And if you don’t have either one of those, you will be guided through the creation of a basic Google account.  What is the difference between a Google Gmail account and a Google account? Think of Gmail as the deluxe Google account — it is a basic Google account PLUS the added feature of Google email service. If you already have an email account through another provider and you don’t want another email account to manage, then you can still create a basic Google account and that will allow you to sign in to Google and access many Google features and services.

Here is a 2-minute video about setting up a blog on

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 . Be sure to write down your login and password.
  • To view your blog: Your blog address is http://(xxxx), (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:

OK — Now, it’s your turn…

Discovery Exercise:

  1. Setup a blog for yourself through Blogger.
  2. Add one or two test posts.
  3. Next, add a blog post with the thoughts you saved at the end of Method 1: Library 2.0 and Web 2.0 . Please title the post “Methods 1 and 2” so that it is easy for me (and others) to find your response in your blog.
  4. Don’t forget to have fun.
  5. REGISTER for the program by completing and submitting this program registration form — there is a place on the form to include the URL to your blog. You’ll receive an automatic confirmation email once you submit the form and I will add your blog to our participants page within 2 weeks. Don’t worry — your real name will not be disclosed on the participants page, only your blog URL will be listed. It is up to you whether you would like to identify your real name within your blog. (However, I do need your real name, library name and city via our online registration form in order to be able to provide you with a completion certificate at the end of the program.)

Finished learning this Two-Stepping Method? When you’re ready, move on to Method 3.

13 Responses leave one →
  1. October 1, 2009

    I have created my blog and have entered commentary on Method One

  2. October 11, 2009

    I just finished my first blog.
    Please let me know what you think.

  3. December 7, 2009

    This has been great fun! I have a personal blog site, but I started a new one for all this ‘Future Library’ and I’m looking forward to connecting with other librarians.

  4. Susan permalink
    January 19, 2010

    I have created my blog and posted my comments from Method 1.

  5. Demetria Williams permalink
    January 20, 2010

    I enjoyed creating my first blog and I look forward to creating many more in the future.

  6. March 24, 2010

    Thank you for the instructions. This was easy and fun!

  7. april permalink
    February 24, 2011

    first blog….pretty cool! can’t wait for more!

  8. May 24, 2011

    Okay, I survived registration. I’ve got to get my act together so I can confidently assist patrons to navigate the new frontier.

  9. naomi permalink
    May 26, 2011

    🙂 Thanks and welcome to the program Melissa! I’m looking forward to reading your blog! Best, Naomi

  10. Dawn Reyes permalink
    June 23, 2011

    Yes, this also was my very first blog. I am very excited.
    Thank you for opportunity to learn new skills.

  11. Tina McGuill permalink
    August 2, 2011

    This is my first blog. I feel good about challenging myself to learn something new.

  12. Albert Chambers permalink
    August 3, 2011

    I’ve been blogging for years. I’ve had to take some of my blogs down because they had come to the attention of my superiors, who didn’t approve of blogs. I had moved on beyond blogging and gone on to directly contacting those who interested me.
    Blogs are an open letter to the world. I didn’t want to talk to the world. I wanted to talk to a very small part of it.

  13. Marilyn Ponder permalink
    August 8, 2011

    Blog finished and I am ready for the next adventure.

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