Parts of a Blog, Lesson #5

Blogs come in all sorts of shapes and forms.

Some contain only posts with no other content, while other blogs feature all sorts of bells and whistles — calendars, archives, copyright info, pictures, and more. Check out these links to learn a lot more about WordPress blogging and find out more about the seven essential parts of a blog.

Take some time to examine our course blog, and you’ll observe a number of different parts with different purposes.

Our Start a Family Blog course blog has the following parts:

  • center section features our blog posts. The most recent post always appears at the top, and the older posts are below, going backwards by date. I’ve set this blog to show the seven most recent posts on the home page. As we accumulate more and more posts, links at the bottom of the blog page (at the end of the seventh post) will direct readers to move back and forth to see other posts (older or newer).
  • Notice the content at the end of each post where a series of  links fall into three categories. One link takes a reader to a comment option. Initially, if no comments have been left under a post, you will see the words “leave a comment.” Once a reader posts a comment, this spot notes the number of comments that follow. In any event, click on the word comment to see where  to write a comment.

 

  • Other content of the end of a post are the tag and category links. Notice the words “tagged” and “filed under.” A blog writer needs to tag and categorize each blog posting. Tags are basically key words that can be used by people who might be searching for the type of information in your post. In addition, the topics “filed under” are the categories or potential phrases that people might use to search. Over time, as a blog gets more posts, you readers come not just from people whom you’ve told about your writing, but also from people who are searching on the topics.
  • Two columns, one on either side of the post, offer additional information and features on your topic, including a calendar or subscription box. The columns are also useful for pictures, link categories, tags, links, and much, much more. I will be adding features to these columns as we move along in the course.
  • A header with the title of the blog. Later on I’ll show you how to make a more sophisticated header.
  • A search box allows readers to search by keyword and tag.
  • A set of tabs at the top of the blog defines the number of pages on this blog. Currently our course blog has a Home tab (the Home tab is the page where your readers arrive when they stop by to read your posts) and an About tab, which you will notice is still blank. Many people put a mission or goal statement as well as some biographical or background information on the About page. It is possible to add pages. If you visit one of my blogs you’ll observe that I include a comment page with guidelines for people who want to leave comments.
You don’t have to use WordPress to start your blog; however, I am using the WordPress platform for this course.  Another site for blogging is Google’s Blogger. Another platform is at Typepad.
Our next lesson will be a glossary of blogging terms.
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4 Responses

  1. Marti,

    I see in the 10 steps to creating a blog both “Buy a Domain Name” and sign up for “web analytics. My question is whether we need to do these or even all 10 steps. Should I wait until we get there?

    • These are just links that take you to places to read. We will start creating a Word Press blog late this week. Until then, I a just giving you good sites to help you learn more.

  2. Marti,

    When I post a comment, is it reviewed by someone or something to determine it is worthy? I posted a comment in response to Lesson 5 and it disappeared. I didn’t think to was inappropriate.

  3. I’m out.

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