In Part 1 of this series, I gave an overview of some of the great tools from Google that I use in organization.
In Part 2 of this series, I took a look at Google as a search engine.
In Part 3 of this series, I looked at my favorite Google tool- the calendar.
In this post, I want to take a look at Google's blog platform- Blogger. Blogger is not really an organizational tool, but it does make a nice way to keep up with family and friends and to connect with other people who have like interests.
If you are reading this post, chances are pretty good that you know a little something about Blogger. Blogger is a "blog platform." It is a site that will "host" your blog. In other words, if you want to have a blog but you don't want to create and maintain your own website, you can sign up for a free account with Blogger and use their site to host your blog.
Blogger is not the only site that hosts blogs. One of the other more common sites is Wordpress. But there are other lesser known sites also. Here are some reasons I chose Blogger:
1. It is totally free. Wordpress has a free version and a paid version. Some other sites offer free accounts. Blogger is totally free.
2. Blogger is easy to use, even if you don't know html. Html is the programming language. When you read a post here on Blogger, you are reading text. But if you could see "behind the scenes" you could see all of the html codes that make up your post. They indicate when words should be bold; they indicate color; they give the address for links in your post; they program the graphics in your post. I know very little about html, but in Blogger, I can blog just fine without knowing it. If you do know more about programming in html, you can. There is a feature at the top of your screen where you write your post that allows you to write in html.
4. Blogger has lots of nice choices for templates, designs, color schemes, and backgrounds. As you learn more, you may want to create your own. But when you get started you can still have an attractive blog- even if you know nothing about blog design.
5. As you have seen from this series of posts, I use Google for many things in my life, and it just made sense for me to use their blogging platform so that everything tied in together.
So, how do you start a blog?
1. Sign up for a free account at the Blogger website.
2. Once you are signed up, you'll see a home page. (Mine lists the blogs I already have. Yours will be empty.) Click on the NewBlog button.
2. Follow the guide to choose your blog's name and a pretty template.
3. Start blogging and make some blogging friends. One of the best things about blogging is the way that it lets you connect with new people who share the same interests. As you choose to follow other blogs, those blogs will show up at the bottom of your home page. (As of this post, I know Google is making some changes to their feed readers - the way you "follow" and read other blogs. I'm not sure if this is going to affect the way those blogs show up on your home page or not.)
So take the leap, sign up for an account and start blogging away!
Next time I'll talk about Google Chrome.