Saturday, January 19, 2008

Technology: Create a Blog using Blogger

How to Start a Blog

I'm a media professional, so I'm a little embarrassed to admit--I didn't know how to set up a blog! I knew where to go to read and search blogs (http://www.technorati.com/, http://www.google.com/. http://www.bloglines.com/), but I didn't know how to set up my own. So after looking at a couple sites I thought might host blogs, I ended up doing a Google search. I guess I didn't use the right terms, because I didn't come up with much. After almost an hour of searching, I thought, "This can't be that hard! There are millions of bloggers out there! What is my problem?" So I went to http://www.ask.com/. That's how I found http://www.blogger.com/.

I immediately tried to set up an account. The screens were very user-friendly. There was no guessing what to do. I did receive error messages telling me to enable cookies--so, I gave up and went to bed. This morning, no error messages and the whole process was easy. The hardest thing was finding a URL that no one else has.

QUICK TIP: put your name in your blog address to make finding an unused URL easier.

Choosing a layout was easy. And so is typing this post. I've done all this without reading any help screens. It took me a minute to figure out the spellcheck feature. Finding the spellcheck icon was easy. It looks just like it does in Word. But no screens popup to let you know where in the process you are. I spellchecked twice before I realized that a message appeared in the toolbar telling me it was done spellchecking. Now that I know where to find it--it's easy.

So far, I would recommend http://www.blogger.com/ if you want to quickly start a blog. I'll keep you posted on my experiences as a novice blogger.