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Creating a Simple Blog or ePortfolio in Google Blogger

Step 1: After logging in to your Gmail account, click the "More" dropdown menu from the top navbar and select Blogger.

Note: before you make your blog in the domain, make sure you've logged out of any personal Gmail accounts you have open in the same browser. If you don't, you may wind up making your blog within the wrong account. In general, it's best to access your personal and Google accounts in separate browsers.

Step 2: In your Blogger account, click the New Blog button.

Step 3: Name your blog and its URL. You may need to include the course number if you are using a common course or student name.

Step 4: Select the Simple template and click the Create blog! button.

Note: whenever you need to get back to administrative dropdown menu, click the orange B to the left of the search box in the top left corner. That takes you to your blogs and their admin. menus:

Step 5: We recommend that you modify the Simple template to make it black-and-white rather than blue (this is preferable for accessibility). To do that, click the small "B" to go to your list of blogs, click the dropdown menu for your new blog and select "Template" in the dropdown menu to the right of your new blog.

Step 6: Select the black and white version of the Simple template (the last option) and click Apply to Blog.

Step 7: Click the View Blog button. Your blog will now look like this:

Step 8: Make your blog private. Go back to the dropdown menu in your Blogger list and select Settings.

Step 9: At the top of your blog settings, under Basic, click the Edit link to the right of the Privacy setting. The default is "Listed on Blogger. Visible to search engines." Select the "No" option for both of those settings and the Save Changes button.

Step 10: By default your blog is readable by anyone who finds it. If your blog will be used for coursework and discussion you should NOT share it with the public, you should restrict your blog to readers you invite. Under the Permissions area of your Settings, it says Blog Readers: Anybody. Click the "Edit" link next to that and select "only these readers." Then enter their email addresses or choose them from your contacts. Then click "Save changes." (You can also invite people to be authors, which means they can post as well as comment on your posts.)

Instructors: if you are creating a course blog, this is where you add your students' emails. The best place to capture a full, comma-separated list of your students' email addresses is in Banweb. Go to your summary classlist and scroll down to the "email class" link. Click that and then copy the full list of email addresses to paste them into your blog readers or blog authors area. Your students will need to accept the email invitation to the blog before they can access it.

Your blog is now ready to use! You may, however, want to add a "Pages" menu in order to list any static pages you create (these do not appear in the chronological "stream" of your blog posts - they are like regular web pages and can be listed in a navigation "Gadget."

Step 11: On the top right corner of your blog home page, click Design.

Step 12: On the Template page, click Layout in the left-side menu.

Step 13: On the Layout page, click "Add a Gadget" on the right side above "Blog Archive."

Step 14: In the Gadget pop-up menu, select "Pages."

Step 15: Click Save at the bottom of the Configure Pages pop-up, and then click Save Arrangement at the top of the Layout page. You can now post to your blog stream or post to a static page, which will always appear in this right-side menu.

Instructors- A PDF of this tutorial is available for download for use in your course.