A blog is a personal diary. A daily pulpit. A collaborative space. A political soapbox. A breaking-news outlet. A collection of links. Your own private thoughts. Memos to the world.
Your blog is whatever you want it to be. There are millions of them, in all shapes and sizes, and there are no real rules.
In simple terms, a blog is a web site, where you write on an ongoing basis. New material shows up at the top, so your visitors can read what's new. Then they comment on it or link to it or email you. Or they leave it alone.
Blogs have reshaped the web, impacted politics, shaken up journalism and enabled millions of people to have a voice and connect with others.
How to set up a blog:
- Find a decent blogging provider that appeals to you. Most of these sites are pre-made with templates and push-button publishing that don't require much technical know-how. Or set up your own internal blog with your class.
- Once you sign up, you'll have a gallery of ready-made templates to choose from. Select one and personalize it. Add your name, interests, images, etc.
- Add blogging freebies like buttons, images, blog chalks, imoods, tagboards (for example, myshoutbox.com), guest maps, guestbooks, comment boxes for readers' input, etc.
- Explore other blog sites that offer more features for a small fee.
- Decide whether you want your blog to be private or personal: do you want any Internet visitor to be able to read your blog, or do you just want your friends and family to be able to read it?
- Decide how you want your blog to look. You can pick a color scheme and layout. Most sites come with a set of predefined layouts and schemes that you can choose from, or you can edit your own.
- After you've set up your blog, write a few posts to test it out, and make any adjustments to the layout or style that you see fit. At first, it will seem tough to figure out what to write, but once you get into a routine of daily blogging, you will find it addictive. Write about your day, your thoughts, events, ideas, fears, pleasures, the news, current affairs, art, or anything you are interested in!
- Visit other blogs to build a blogging circle. When you leave comments, add your blogging address so they can visit you too.
- If you want to make your blog look more attractive, there are some sites up that have many "skins" that might make it look better.
- Publish your blog by sending the URL to your friends or publish the URL on your website. Add the URL to posts you make on other blogs.
From WikiHow: http://www.wikihow.com/Start-a-Blog