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Blogging with WordPress

Blogs: An Overview

Now that you’ve explored Collaborate2Innovate Things and found out all about the program, it’s time to jump right in with Week 1′s topic: Blogs! This post will give you a brief overview of the technology, explain the activities for the week, and provide links to some additional reading for those who would like to know more.

What I hope you will learn after this module:

  • What are blogs?
  • How to create a blog using WordPress
  • How you can use blogs effectively in your library

What is it?

A blog, or weblog, is a format for publishing content on the web. As the name suggests, blogs are, quite simply, web-based logs of information that have the following features in common:

  • content is organized in reverse chronological order, with the most recent entry appearing at the top
  • dates and timestamps indicate when content was published
  • archives are automatically generated by the blog software
  • visitors participate in the conversation by leaving comments to blog entries, or posts

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Intro

Tumblr is a free blogging platform.  New to blogging?  Want a quick review?  A blog is a web based diary or scrap book that you share with others.  You share what you like including text, pictures, video, sound and apps.   If you’d like a little more information on blogs, read What is a Blog or to become familiar with blogging vocabulary try this glossary of blog terminology. Continue Reading →

Basic WordPress


Discover: Blogs

A blog, or weblog, is a format for publishing content on the web. As the name suggests, blogs are, quite simply, web-based logs of information that have the following features in common:

  • content is organized in reverse chronological order, with the most recent entry appearing at the top
  • dates and timestamps indicate when content was published
  • archives are automatically generated by the blog software
  • visitors participate in the conversation by leaving comments to blog entries, or posts

Way back in April of 2009, Technorati estimated the existence of over 133 million blogs with an average of 120,000 new blogs being created daily. The number is only growing. It’s likely that many of your colleagues, friends, family members, neighbors, and even their pets already have their own blog. You’ll find blogs written about anything and everything; some are focused on a single subject while other bloggers write about whatever comes to mind. Common blog topics include personal stories or insights, technology, politics, news, entertainment, books, business, hobbies, food, finance, sports, and, of course, libraries!

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Discover: Widgets

After customizing your blog by choosing an appropriate theme, you may wish to further customize it’s appearance and functionality.  WordPress makes this easy through the use of widgets.  Depending on your theme you might have 1 or 2, or even more sidebar areas in which to add widgets.  Some themes will also allow you to add widgets to the header or footer areas.  Here’s a brief overview of widgets, as well as a longer video tutorial that provides an itemized overview of the default widgets featured in most WordPress themes.  Take some time to try out different widgets on your blog, it’s impossible to “break” your page so have fun with them!

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