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Salzypat  (Level: 160.1 - Posts: 5412)
Thu, 19th Feb '09 11:18 PM


I wrote a weekly column when I worked at the newspaper. In fact, I wrote a column from 1968 to 1986 in a weekly newspaper and then for five years in my last job. I have people wanting to read my columns so I've decided to set up a blog but I don't know what is the best way to do it or the best blog outfit, etc.

Here's what I want to be able to do, if possible. I want to be able to have a current column with past columns archived. I would like to be able to put up photos, especially church signs with cute sayings, and maybe download photos of events around town.

I would like a monitored guestbook or feedback page.

I would also like to establish a subscriber base so when i wrote a column, I could just e-mail it out to my subscribers.

It would be nice to have a count of hits if possible.

OK, now the next thing is, I have moderate skills as far as setting things up. Sometimes following instructions gets me really frustrated if they get too complicated.

Any of you have a blog? Do I go with Google, Yahoo, or some other company? Do they charge?

I'll appreciate any ideas you can give me. Thank bunches.

Barb1111  (Level: 111.2 - Posts: 215)
Thu, 19th Feb '09 11:32 PM

I am currently teaching a course to preservice teachers on incorporating technology into the curriculum. I have my student use Blogger for their on-line journal writing. It is a free service from Google and with the account that you create you will also have access to the other products in the Google line such as Google Earth, Google Documents, Google Scholar and GMail. Blogger is fairly easy to use and set-up. You can make it public or private (invite only those you want to see your postings) and you can also invite others to post as well as comment on postings.

If you go to you will find a video tutorial, a quick tour, a link to all the features available and a blog by Blogger on various topics concerning blogs.

I hope that this is of some help to you.


Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Thu, 19th Feb '09 11:51 PM

Pat - I can't wait for you to get set up. l'd love to subscribe.

Salzypat  (Level: 160.1 - Posts: 5412)
Fri, 20th Feb '09 12:23 AM

Thanks Barb, I'll check that out.

Justsomeone  (Level: 127.8 - Posts: 39)
Fri, 20th Feb '09 2:26 AM

I use blogger too and most of the blogs I read tend to be blogger. The other major alternative is wordpress, but I didn't find it as flexible when I checked it out.

One of the main advantages with blogger is that depending on the template you use, you can customise it to change fonts, colours, column sizes etc.

Archiving is automatic, with a couple of choices about how you do it. You can choose how many posts you have on a page.

Photo uploading is straightforward, although some times of day tend to be too busy, and you might have a try a couple of times. You can upload five at once.

There are loads of guestbooks kicking around that you can add. You can also add a small chat box if you want to talk to your readers.

For the subscriber base - people can actually 'follow' you. And/or they can use bloglines or google reader to keep themselves updated. If your readers have their own blogs they can add you to their blogroll, and blogger shows when there is an updated article.

If you want to count hits - including where someone is from, their isp etc, blogger lists a number of free site meters. I use statcounter.

You can vary the options for allowing comments - including moderated comments only and/or using word verification strings. IMO the strings are a pain, and the moderation holds up comments. You can always delete any spam or offensive comments.

Finally don't forget blog etiquette. If people visit your blog and leave comments, it is courteous to return the visit/comment if they have a blog, or provide links to their blogs if there is something relevant to what you are writing about. Similarly if you are writing about something you have read initally on another blog, again, credit should be given to the original source.

Good luck.

Godwit  (Level: 79.9 - Posts: 435)
Fri, 20th Feb '09 4:02 AM

WOWsa. i'm incredibly impressed.
I gotta lie around staring at the ceiling for a while thinking of questions to ask the smart people in here.
I could probably get my entire life solved.
And GOOD LUCK P, with your endeavor. It sounds wonderful.

Bobbsey  (Level: 158.0 - Posts: 252)
Sat, 21st Feb '09 7:44 AM

lets know when its up and running saltzy, sound interesting

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