Thursday, November 6, 2008

Blogging 101 - Revised

I consider myself to be a fairly computer literate "mature" individual. I am discovering, however, that about the time I learn something new, it's already outdated. I figured if that was the case for me, it might be for some of you as well, so I thought I would help you out a little bit.

Take for example the creation of this blog. What kind of a word is that anyway?? For those who don't know, the word "blog" comes from the two words "web log" which is an online journal one can keep. While that may be the technical definition, my favorite comes from my friend, Annette, who shared it on her blog one day.

"Blogging - Never before have so many people with so little to say said so much to so few."

Indeed. That being said, I still want to share a couple of things that might help explain how my blog works. First, I left the word verification option activated at the suggestion of Blogger should you decide to leave a comment. While it can be intimidating to have to type in weird letters, apparently by having that human factor it keeps automatic spamming from taking place on blog sites.

I also left the option to leave comments anonymously activated so if you don't have a google account and would like to let me know you've stopped by, then you can just sign your name at the end of your comment. None of us want to be cyber-stalked, but from my experience commenting on other blogs, I have found the set up to be protective of both the person blogging and those leaving comments.

**Updated paragraph - There is a new option for Blogger which lets you become a blog follower. There is some confusion about how you can be contacted by e-mail when a new post is put up, but signing up to be a follower is not an automatic way for that to happen. I might have to actually put your e-mail addresses in to get that going. If that's something you want me to keep looking into let me know, but for now if you want to let me know you're keeping up, you can add yourself to the follower link on the top right side of the blog. I told you it takes me a while to get all this new stuff!!

This may not have been the most exciting entry you'll ever read, but maybe it will encourage some of you silent readers to say hello!

Check back soon - it's been a busy week!

2 comments:

Erin said...

HI JILL!

Glenda said...

Sending you some hugs and then heading to bed after a long day. Your blog was a nice way to end the day!