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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday: How to Create a Blog

Hi Everyone! It's Misty from Think, Wonder, & Teach and Honey Bunch Blog Design! One of the questions I am emailed the most often about is how to create a blog.

Blogging has been one of the best professional development and reflection tools I have ever encountered. A lot of others agree and that is why each day more and more teachers are turning to blogging. The post below will help get you started. If you have any questions, let me know! I am just an email away!

I have heard from several people that they would like to start their own blog but have no idea where to begin. I believe that Blogger is the easiest to use and so have included a video below to get you started.

Now that you have your blog set up, we need to add items to your sidebar. Here is the steps to add a gadget to your sidebar, there are many different ones to choose from.

1. Log into blogger
2. In the drop down box select layout (it's before the view blog button)
3. Once the layout page is open, select add gadget button in your sidebar.
4. In the gadgets pop-up window, scroll down until you see the gadget you want.
5. Click on the blue + sign
6. Click on save

Once you have the gadget you can then click and drag it to the position you want. After doing so, click the orange save arrangement button at the top of your screen.

The gadgets that you will want to have on your blog include:
2. Labels
3. Search Box
4. Follow by Email

The following gadgets populate automatically:
1. About Me
2. Blog Archive

There are many gadgets to choose from so feel free to use whatever you feel best. These are simply our suggestions.