Friday, June 20, 2008

Blogging Class 101

Last night I taught a little Blogging class here at the house for the girls at church (Enrichment Night). We started about 7:30 and went untill 10. There were a lot of questions and hopefully most of them got answered. Tiffany helped out and we put together a handout for the class so I thought I would post it for those who might be interested or who couldn't come.

One thing I found out was that A LOT OF PEOPLE READ MY BLOG BUT DON'T LEAVE A COMMENT!!!!! If you are a lurker....don't be afraid. I welcome comments and have met a lot of fun people and learned from those friends through blogging. I would be very sad if they had stayed lurkers because now they are my friends!!! So please, please make yourself known and comment!! ÜÜÜ

O.K. here is the handout. If you have an questions or great ideas that I don't have on this list leave a comment or e-mail me and I will add it to the handout. Thanks!

Blogging 101

What is a blog? According to Wikipedia, a blog (an abridgment of the term web log) is a website, usually maintained by an individual, with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.
Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal
online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (artlog), photographs (photoblog), sketchblog, videos (vlog), music (MP3 blog), audio (podcasting) are part of a wider network of social media.

The world (and our ward) has gone “blog crazy”. Why is everyone so excited? What are the benefits of blogging?
1. It’s a fun way to stay connected with extended family, old friends………all those people on your x-mas list that you in the past you would hear from once a year. You can all stay up-to-date on what’s going on in a more day to day way in each others lives.
2. It’s a fun way to keep a journal and do your family history.
3. It’s a fun (and much MUCH easier way!) to do your scrapbooking or keep up with your family photos.
4. Because of the fun, social twist blogging puts on journaling or scrapbooking, it becomes easier to keep the happenings of your life up–to-date.
5. You can print it out as your family photo journal. (Or even one copy for each of your kids!)
6. You get all the same benefits of journaling- you tend to start thinking of life in a slightly different way. You’re more aware of “moments” and things you want to remember and you end up capturing more of the moments before they slip away.
7. You get to look at other people’s blogs- you can get SO MANY, MANY, MANY good ideas from other wonderful mothers to help you in your life!!
8. You realize that you’re not the only one out there that might be struggling with something- you see other people in a slightly more “real” light, and as you become more “real” in your own posts, other people’s comments help you realize that some of our experiences are more common than we think. It’s very therapeutic!
9. Lets you stay more up-to-date with technology and computer skills.
10. It’s a fun hobby.
11. Getting comments on your posts is fun!!!

12. Your Husband can get a glimpse into what goes on in the family when he’s not around

Ideas, Tips and Techniques

8 Ways to Bling Up Your Blog

Blog About This:
Memory Monday - write about a memory
Menu Plan Monday – post what you’re having for dinner that week and the recipe to share with others and to save for yourself.
Tuesday Tell All – let it all out!
Top 10 Tuesday – list your Top 10 favorites that week
Wordless Wednesday – post a picture only
Just For Fun Friday – be creative
Five on Friday – another way to list things
Sunday Thoughts
52 Blessings Project
Journal Ideas - 258 of them!

Header How To

A header is the top picture on a person’s blog. It’s not complicated to make or install. Here’s how:
1. Find a picture you like and crop it so it is apx. 700x300 (mine is 780x341) You can always right click on a person’s header that you like –- go to properties and it will give you the exact dimensions.
2. This is where you can add words or digital scrapbook elements to your picture (with your photoshop program of choice) which will be you blog header (title page).
3. Go to CUSTOMIZE on your blog
4. Click on the EDIT that says HEADER
5. Click on BROUSE to find said picture. Upload said picture.
6. Make sure you click on the dot that says Placement-instead of title and description.
7. TAH-DAH! You have a cute header!

Blogging Safety

1. Never offer any personal information including your last name, contact information, home address, phone numbers, school's name, e-mail address, last names of friends or relatives, instant messaging names, age, or birth date.
2. Decide up front how much personal information you will share on your blog
3. Consider the way you are perceived online
4. Assume what you publish on the Web is permanent. Anyone on the Internet can easily print out a blog or save it to a computer.
5. Use blogging provider sites with clearly stated terms of use, and make sure they can protect the actual blogs, not just the user accounts, with password protection. (Even so, it's better to assume anyone can see it.)
6. Avoid trying to "outdo" or compete with other bloggers. Remember this is for fun!
7. Keep blogs positive and don't use them for slander or to attack others.
8. Ask yourself (and instruct your kids to do the same) if you are you comfortable showing any of the content to a stranger. If in doubt, take it out.
9. Keep your reoccuring events private (swimming lessons @ the same time, park days, etc.) also don't let on that your husband will be out of town or gone!!!

Google is your conscience, and it keeps a record of every single word your write on the Internet. Do you really want this to be archived forever? Watch what you say about your family or events, friends and kids. It will probaly be out there for all to read in the forever future!

Adding Your Name to Your Blog Posts:

Don’t forget to Google your How to Questions. I did and I got a lot of great sites that had helpful information. Here are a couple:
2. This is my favorite how to site. I wish they would update it more. I read this whole blog and found a lot of helpful information...

Html Codes for Font Colors:

Fun and FREE Font’s For Your Computer!!
This site has a TON of the cutest fonts for your computer for FREE! They will even make a font in your own handwriting! I love this site!

Blogging Etiquette's Top Ten:
1. Give credit where credit is due.
2. Punctuate and capitalize (use that spell check!).
3. Leave a comment or a shout out if you visit a blog.
4. Don't confuse thy opinion with truth.
5. Refer to someone’s post with a link.
6. Make it possible to link back to your blog if you leave a comment.
7. Tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
8. Keep it short and sweet (mostly).
9. Remember to have fun with your blog – it’s who you are!
10. Remember to love thy neighbor as thyself this means be nice!


Lori ~ LL-K said...

I want to thank you for holding such an awesome class!! You are simply wonderful!! And Amazing!!!
Your interview was really good!! You did a great job!!

Erin said...

I had si much fun at the class last night. One of these days I'll post the photos I took. Saw you on the news tonight. You were fabulous! I thought you did a great job and were very well spoken.

Vidal's Nest said...

I wa so disappointed to have missed last night!
Thank you for posting this for those of us still trying to learn!!!

onehm said...

WHAT fun! And thanks for "recommending" my blog at your of your sweet students stopped by to say hi!!

miscellany said...

Hey, great class and I even know how to scan pictures!!! It is a breeze with Picaso. Thanks so much for all your help. You might have created a monster blogger!

Anny said...

I love all the info in one spot. All the cute gals I am helping I will give them this info. Thanks You're Awesome!

Crazymamaof6 said...

awesome list! and i think i totally break lots of these rules. i still need to watch you on the news! SO exciting! i have it on TIVO!

Kendra said...

Thanks for the great class! I was bummed because I missed your TV spot last night (sorry). I have redesigned some things about my blog and I think it is looking better. Are you still interested in teaching this class a few more times?

Ginger said...

Great Ideas! Come to CA and you can teach our enrichment anytime! I would love for our ward to get started.

Janae said...

You are amazing... I am sure that your class went great.. Thanks for posting the info.. it is nice to have, enjoy your night

The Riggs Family said...

I heard your blogging class was fantastic Cara!
I learn bits and pieces here and there and really wanted to come. Would love for you to do it again if you would like.
You are wonderful and thank you!!

princess_belle said...

My name is Lori and I am Julie Wheeler's friend. (I made the Americana vinyl sign for this weeks give away) Anywho, is there any way you can come to my ward and teach a mini enrichment class on blogging? There are a lot of sisters, including myself, that would benefit greatly from all your wonderful advice. I will get your email from Julie and contact you soon! THANKS!

Bits Of Becca said...

Thank you for such great info. I'll have to look up some of the web sights to help my blogging better. Hopefully I can see your t.v. spot on the internet. It would be fun to see.

Let Your Hair Down said...

First off, Thank you!! Thank you so much for doing that class!! i was super upset I couldn't make it, but heard so many wonderful things about it! You are so wonderful and always so willing to help! I was also sad i missed you last night-we were watching a stupid movie and I forgot :( do you have links to view it?? again, thank you sooooooooo much! You are truly wonderful!! Thanks for the hand out, too-so helpful!

momof3crazykids said...

What a great enrichment night. I am in az right now visiting family but didn't get in til lst night. sorry I missed your interview.

Kristin said...

Cara -

Okay I'm one of the lurkers ( I like that word much better than stalker :)I'm a cousin to Pam Clausen and came across your blog. I love it so I check back often. Thank you for the information on blogging. I really learned a lot. Maybe one day I'll actually blog instead of Lurk.
Kristin Spangler

idahohubers said...

Sounds like a fun night! You've given me lots of new links to stuff I need to check out. I've actually found a couple of my old high school friends lately which is so FUN!

Tami said...

Hey, I met you on Sat. when we went swimming and I totally love your blog. I've learned a lot from your Blogging 101.

Think Pink said...

What great information, Cara. You totally got me hooked on blogging and I'm so glad you did! I love it! We really should get together soon!

Tracey said...

Thanks for all the great tips and ideas.

andrea j said...

Thanks! I printed it out. I too love to blog for the journaling, staying in touch with family and showing them pictures. Lately I have really loved to get advice from other mom's when I'm struggling, it's a great support system.

Janna said...

awesome blog stuff!

Laurie said...

That's some great info!

Since blogging I notice that I feel naked if I leave home without my camera!

Kass said...

Cara, you are so talented! I appreciate the info & will pass it on. Sounds like your summer has been great & busy. When are you coming to Utah?

mmclinger said...

I found you blog through a blog through a blog... you get the picture! It has so much helpful info, thanks!!

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Lolly Jane said...

You're a freak, Cara! I love it! Your new name is blog guru! ;)

Paige said...

look at you blogging queen!!! i want to know how to do the little smiley face?

Lori ~ LL-K said...

Ok Mrs. Blog!! Where are you?
Readers are ready for a new entire!
I hope you out having fun with the girls and the Hubby!! Ü

Janelle said...

I have know idea how I cam across your blog - but I have loved it and often come back to it and have referred it to others! So I will leave a comment - I feel the same way, I wish people would comment more. Any way great blogging tips - I have been making headers for all my friends and they have often asked me for tips - yours are great kudos to you! come visit my site thanks

SuperCoolMom said...

Awesome handout Cara! Great tips!

I'm Crazymama's sis - came to see who the friend was that she saw yesterday!

Tash said...

i just lurked I am kass' friend. I used to live in Tucson for a long time but now you can guess where I AM. I will have to lurk more often!

loving life with livie said...

Love it!! What a great 101 post!

Let Your Hair Down said...

k I am loving this blogging 101 and 102 section on your blog. I keep going back and doing things you have said :) if you see me tons on your blog thats why ;) I want to learn how you group all links into one link. is that hard? have you put that somewhere where I can read about it? Thanks for all your tips-you are a blogging pro!

Beau@xoBeau said...

Just found your blog! Enjoying your tips! Thanks! Super-sweet girls, by the way!

Suz said...

I am going to be teaching a blogging class in a few weeks and stumbled across this post- it's very helpful!! Thanks so much!

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