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Permissions and transferring ownership of your Google blog

Step 1: If your blog will be used for coursework that includes comments and feedback, you should make your blog private, accessible only to readers and authors you have invited. You can do this from the dropdown menu in your Blogger list, where you select Settings.

Step 2: 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 3: 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 (comma separated) or choose them from your contacts. Then click "Save changes." Your readers will have to accept your email invitation before they will have access to the blog.

Step 4: If you want to add authors (who can post) to your blog, you can also add them in the Permissions area, where you click the "+ add authors" link.

Step 5: Enter the email address (or multiple addresses, comma separated) of the person you want to invite to be an author. Then click the Invite Authors button. Your readers will have to accept your email invitation before they will have access to the blog.

Step 6: You can also give administrative privileges to another author. This is how you can transfer a blog you create in the pdx.edu domain to your personal Gmail account. Simply invite your personal Gmail address as an author and accept the invitation while logged into that account.

Step 7: Then, in your pdx.edu account, use the dropdown menu next to your personal Gmail name to select "Admin" instead of "Author." Now you will have equal control over the blog from either account. If you are leaving PSU, you can simply delete the pdx.edu account name and keep the blog under your personal account.

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