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Get blogging!

Getting set up to start writing your blog by choosing how it will look

What's coming up

Now that you understand how blogging works and how to choose a topic, it's time to dive in and set up your blog.

In this activity, you'll learn how to:

  • Create a free blog using a simple blog system.
  • Publish posts and share them.
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A simple, automated website

A blog is a website, but you don't need to build it from scratch or know anything about computer programming.

Just like any other website, visitors can access your blog using a web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Chrome or Safari.

Visitors don't need to log in with a password unless you decide to make your posts private.

Blogs can appear on all major web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Safari
A nicely designed blog where all you need to do is type in your posts - the software takes care of the design and layout for you

Blog services make it easy

There are many different blogging services that make it easy to create a blog site. These services mean you don't need to build your blog, find somewhere to store it on the internet or arrange a web address – that's all taken care of for you.

Our example blog service

In this activity, we'll use Google's Blogger as an example of a service that handles everything for you.

You can get started with Blogger by clicking on this link https://www.blogger.com. But don't worry if you're not ready to do that yet, we are going to show you step-by-step how to set yourself up with Blogger in this course.

The Blogger website logo
An illustration depicting there is no charge for using Blogger

You don't need to pay to blog

The Google Blogger blog is absolutely free – all you need to do is create a free Google account as part of the sign-up process. (If you already have a Gmail email address, you will already have a Google account.)

Some limitations, but not many

With Blogger, there is no limit on the number of blog posts you can write. You are limited to one gigabyte (1 GB) of photo storage, however, which should be enough for a few hundred images.

If you want your blog to be private, Blogger allows you to have only 100 members.

Keeping your blog up to date is as easy as writing notes in a diary - but using a computer instead
An illustration of a new blog called Sew Many Craft Projects and how that title then becomes part of the blog address - sewmanycraftprojects.blogspot.com

Blogs have their own web address

When you create a free Blogger account, the name of your blog can become part of your website's address so it's easy to remember.

For example, a blog on Blogger called Sew Many Craft Projects might have the address sewmanycraftprojects.blogspot.com

Choosing how your blog will look

Once you have logged into your Blogger account, you can choose a design for your blog.

First, click the Layout and Theme buttons to see options for how text and images will appear on your blog. Explore the different designs and select the one you like. The style will be applied automatically to your blog page.

An illustration of the different themes, or designs, available when you first set up your blog
An illustration of a new post for your blog with the 'submit post' button waiting to be clicked

Writing and publishing a blog post

Once you've chosen a design for your blog, it's time to create your first post.

On Blogger, it starts by clicking the New Post button. This opens up a simple window where you can write your post and give it a title. There are the options to add images and labels too.

Saving and previewing your blog

If you can't finish your post all at once, click Save and come back to it later.

To see what the post will look like when you publish it, click the Preview button.

If you're happy with your post, click the Publish button.

It's that simple!

You can preview your blog before you publish it just to check you're happy with how it looks
Most blogs have an option for people to subscribe to your posts so that they are notified every time you update your blog and keep up to date with you

Sharing your blog

There are simple things you can do to help anyone on the internet discover your blog.

When you're editing the look of your blog you can add buttons that let people subscribe, so they're notified when you publish a new post.

Sharing on social media

You can also publish the links to new blog posts on Facebook, WhatsApp and other social media services to help get the word out about your blog.

You can share your blogs on social media to spread the word

Setting up a blog on Blogger

Watch the video on the next slide on how to set up a blog from a laptop computer using the Blogger platform.

Click 'continue' to move to the next slide, then click the video 'play' button to watch the video. You can also click anywhere on the video to pause or restart it.

Congratulations

Well done, you've reached the end of the Get blogging! activity.

You have learned that free services like Blogger make it easy to create a website for your blog. You should also know some simple settings for publishing, sharing and changing the look of your blog.

In the next activity, you'll learn about Staying safe while blogging.

Using a smartphone to take pictures of your work to add to your blog will make the post fun and engaging