I’ve decided to post a Blogs Basics for all of my friends that are new to this concept in an effort to help them and anyone else learn the basics. I’ve broken it down into a few easy to follow steps. Before we get started though, let’s understand what a blog is and why it is used. Wikipedia defines it the best by saying, “A blog is a personal journal published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete entries (“posts”) typically displayed in reverse chronological order so the most recent post appears first. Blogs are usually the work of a single individual, occasionally of a small group, and often are themed on a single subject.”

BLOG READER

Many blogs are very informational and it is also fun to read what our favorite blog authors have to tell us.  The problem with Blogs is that they are updated whenever the owner decides to update them and you could waste time checking back all week and never seeing an update. So, as a reader the first thing you should do is use your Google account, go to the READER and subscribe to your favorite Blogs.  Anytime you see the Orange Square icon at the top of a web page, this is a quick way to add the Blog you are reading to your updates. When you log into your READER it will show you all the updates to your favorite Blogs without you having to go to the actual page. Warning, this can make your Blog reading very addictive because of the ease of finding updated Blogs.

WRITER

When you are the owner and writer of a particular Blog the first thing that I recommend you do is go to Gravatar.com and design your own avatar by uploading a picture.  The next thing and most important is that you put quality posts on your page. Write about something that pertains to your subject area of expertise and make it interesting for your audience.  Of course, this post has nothing to do with Magic or Balloons, but it is something that my readers have been asking me to post and a subject area that they would like to learn more about.  Don’t worry, more magic and balloon posts will be coming soon! :)

Let’s get back to the Gravatar for moment.  You will notice that you had to register with your email address.  Every time you a different Blog and post your comment, you will be asked for your email address.  This info will pull your website address and your picture to display on your post.  By posting quality posts on another persons web page will encourage readers of these blogs to check out your site and possibly subscribe to you as well.

Like I said before, this is some very basic information to get you started, so head over to Gravatar.com and get set up, then come back here and let me know what you think or how easy it was to get started.