Adding Links to Your Post, Lesson #9

Several people have e-mailed me with questions about making links in posts. They’ve requested a set of simple but clear steps. So here we go. To learn more go to this Word Press Links Tutorial.

Four Steps to Link Making

Step #1

A link name is much better if it has descriptive words rather than an address. Thus Visit GDS is a better name Visit GDS http://www.gds.org.

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What Makes a Good Post? Lesson #8

Thanks to those of you who have sent e-mails about your blogs. Great work! I’ll be happy to take a look at these and others anytime during this online class, but you can also feel free to share anytime the summer. I’ll always try to get back to you promptly, though when I am traveling, it may take a bit longer.

Read this WordPress document that explains how to start a new post.  My GDS tech colleague, Laura Loftus, discovered this blog post, Advice for New Bloggers: 12 Tips on Writing for Your Blog. While this document was originally written as advice for not-for-profit agencies  that hope to blog build up a large readership, many of the tips are great for beginners.

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Getting Started With Your Blog, Lesson #7, Part 2

If you seriously get started setting up your new blog, please send me the link so I can check it out!

Your Blog – Getting Started: Lesson #7

Look for this image and click the get started button.

It’s time to start your blog. At WordPress.com look for the illustration on the right to help you start building your site. Before setting up the blog, however, please read through the following steps.

Step #1

Your blog needs to have a name to use as a part of the blog’s address (or URL — letters that stand for universal resource locator). The words you choose will be a semi-permanent part of the address. For this course our blog address is https://familyblogclass.wordpress.com. Think carefully about what name to use for your blog site’s address. For instance, if you are making a family reunion blog, personalize your address just a bit. (I expect that FamilyReunion.wordpress.com was taken long ago). In a web address you seek a combination of short and descriptive. It’s possible to edit this later on, but that means notifying your readers of a change of address. Continue reading

Blogging Terms: Lesson #6

In a few days, when we begin setting up family blogs, you will encounter all sorts of terms –vocabulary words that literally fly around the blogging world. At the bottom of this post I’ve attached three blog glossary links that you can use in the future, anytime you discover an unfamiliar term.

To get started, however, I’ve chosen a few blogging terms that I believe are most important. I copied some these definitions from Daily Blog Tips, however I tweaked here and there and also appended my own comments in green type inside of square brackets.

  • AdSense: The most popular advertising network on the Internet, owned by Google. Adsense allows bloggers to monetize their blogs by displaying contextual text messages. Every time someone clicks on one of the text links, the blogger will earn some money (ranging from $0.01 up to $50 in some rare cases) Read more about how AdSense works. [I will devote a post to advertising, blogs, WordPress, and how to stop advertising on a personal or family blog.]

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When Will We Begin Making Our Blogs?

This afternoon I received a question from a course participant asking when we will begin setting up our family blogs.

The plan is for you to spend this first week learning about blogs in general. I am providing explanations and background links to help you understand more and gather information, though some of you this may already be familiar with this content. The background information on blogging will be helpful when you develop your personal site. Although some of the links explain how to start a blog, hold off starting your own for a few more days.

Beginning next Thursday or Friday, we will begin constructing personal blogs. I will upload a series of posts to help you get started working with WordPress.

Also, please be aware that there is some lead time between the time you post a comment and the time you see it on the course blog. I have the blog set to hold comments for my approval for two reasons. First, I want to avoid spam, which begins  arriving on a blog almost as soon as it starts up.  Second, sometimes I answer a comment personally, sometimes I answer it in the comment section, and sometimes I answer as a regular blog post, so I want to look over a comment before it posts to the blog.

Please be patient if your comment takes a bit of time to show up.

Finally, if you are a bit shy about commenting, it’s just fine to e-mail me your comment directly.

Stay tuned.

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). Continue reading