Saturday, December 15, 2007

Blog Basics

Until a few weeks ago I had only a vague idea of what a blog was, and no idea how to read, much less write, a blog. Like many things computer, it is easier than it first appears, especially if you realize that you cannot break anything by clicking on links. So here is a quick spin of blogs and blogdom.

A blog is simply words and pictures on a website. Anyone with a computer can create a blog, and the quality of blogs varies accordingly. Some of my favorite blogs are online journals with pictures from friends far away. Others are written by professional writers or folks with something to sell.

This blog has an area with the most current entry at the top. The previous entry is just below it, and the entry before that is below. The most recent 7 entries or so are on the man page. For earlier entries (such as the beginning of the Women and Equality series) you need to click on a previous month in the Archive section to the right.

Also to the right are links to good books, pictures I have taken, etc. I intend soon to add a "blogroll," which is a link to other blogs that I find interesting or useful.

If you want to create a blog of your own, click on the orange B at the upper left. It's free. You might even be able to make money from your blog.

If you want to find out whenever something new is posted, click on the RSS link to "subscribe." That takes a few more steps, but it is fun. I have the RSS sent to my My Yahoo homepage, tho there are many other RSS based sites like Newsgator.

Lastly, if you read something that you really like, dislike, would like to correct, or discuss. Click on the word "comment" at the bottom of the post. Then you can write what you want.


MrBrownThumb said...

The cool thing about blogging is that you don't technically need to "own" a computer or even pay for internet access.

Someone could in theory use a computer at a place like a public library and be blogging away. I find the ease of all this pretty amazing.

Pcrucifer said...

Good point. Now that you mention it, I remember reading about a homeless person who blogged about homelessness from a computer at the public library.