An archive of the TT/WW sessions 2000-2007
Web Wednesday August 5th, 2010
What is a blog?
According to Wikipedia, “a blog is a type of website or part of a website. Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order.”
How Common Craft describes a blog:
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How can I use blogs?
A closer look at the PSCC Blog Site
Address: http://blogs.pstcc.edu (no www!)
- Create an account by visiting the site and logging in
- Change the look and feel by choosing a new theme
- Control who can view and comment on your blog under Settings
- Create/edit posts from your dashboard
- When working with media, it’s better to use external sites for storage and link to it on your blog – Vimeo, YouTube, Flickr, Picasa, and others.
- WP’s new automatic media embedding makes it SO much easier to embed videos and photos now – http://codex.wordpress.org/Embeds
- Extend the basic functionality of your blog through plugins – some of the coolest are:
- Flickr Manager – easily insert your Flickr images into blog posts
- Subscribe 2 – allow users to subscribe via email to your updates
- Share This – visitors can share posts on a variety of social bookmarking sites
- Share This on Facebook
- WPMU Polls
- WordPress Mobile Edition
- Backing up and moving your blog – check out import/export options under Tools
Tools that make your job easier!
If you want to have a personal blog rather than something at Pellissippi. Here are some other alternatives
You have a blog that is Hosted for you by a service. Most are free but they might have ads on them
- WordPress.com – same software we use here
- Blogger.com – owned by Google now
- Posterous.com – very easy to post – you can post by email even!
- Tumblr.com – also very easy to use for microblogging or capturing videos, etc to share
- Twitter (micro-blogging, VERY micro as you can only have 140 characters per post)
- Yammer (much like Twitter but you can control the membership of groups by email address domain so it is good for companies, etc)
- Edublogs – same software as here but offers free blogs for educators and students. Ads are embedded, though.
You also download blogging software and run a blog that is Self Hosted. This gives you complete control of how the site operates. Blogging software options include: