Where to Start Blogging

This is the seventeenth post in the Professional Development 2.0 series. If you have not already, I would encourage you to start with the first sixteen posts:

Never before has it been so easy anyone to setup a dynamic web presence, whether you just want a simple journal-like site or whether you want something more robust. On top of that, it is free to do so. Here are 3 of the best options:

  • Posterous: Posterous is the easiest platform to use. None of the other platforms are difficult, but Posterous makes sharing one’s thoughts almost effortless. You can post from anywhere: the Posterous website, by emailing post@posterous.com, from social media sites, and more. You can easily share with other services. It even makes it easy to turn a picture or a video into a blog post. Posterous was designed more for quick, short-form blogging than for longer posts, so while it may not be everyone’s choice, its simplicity and ease of use make it worth considering.
  • Blogger: Blogger is owned by Google and is one of the two biggest blogging platforms. Almost everyone has a Google account, so it is likely that you also have a Blogger account. It is very easy to get started; just head over to the Blogger site and hit “Create Your Blog Now.”
  • WordPress: WordPress is by far my favorite blogging platform; it runs this blog. There are several reasons. First, it is open-source (It will always be free; anyone can download the code and modify it to suit their needs.), so I support them from a philosophical standpoint. Second, it is very easy to use, stable, and robust. It has more plugins that allow it to do more than any other blogging platform. Edublogs is one website where educators can sign up for blogs. It is built on WordPress and is almost never blocked schools, which depending on your work environment may be something to consider. Below, you will find a video walkthrough that will help you get started with Edublogs and get your blog setup the way that you would like.

This video series goes through how to setup and run a blog, from registering and setting up a blog through adding content and modifying settings. The series is designed about Edublogs, but also works on WordPress as Edublogs is built on WordPress, which is open-source.

Edublogs – Introduction

Edublogs -Dashboard Introduction

Edublogs – Adding and Editing Posts

Edublogs – Modifying Appearance and Widgets

Edublogs – Customizing Settings

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