Most blogs have a Comments feature that allows visitors to attach feedback to a specific blog post. It is an optional feature, you decide whether you want Comments or not. Personally I’d love more feedback on my blog posts – practise your skills on this here post.
Making a Comment is easy, all you have to do is click on the Comments link at the bottom of a post and write something in the window that pops up. This blog has been restricted to members only but if you are logged in to the blog and are reading this, you will be okay to post a Comment too.
How do you enable Comments?
- When you are signed in to your blog, click on Settings in your dashboard.
- Then click on the Settings tab along the top underneath the blog name then on the Comments link below that.
- To enable Comments click in the Show radio button.
- The next part is where you determine who may leave a comment – Only Registered Users, Anyone or Only members of this Blog.
- There are several more settings to look at but the next important one is Comment Moderation. Here you can choose to click in one of the radio buttons – Always, Only on posts older than (and you specify a number of days) or Never.
- Here you can also choose to enter an email address to which a notice will be emailed when a non-member leaves a comment on your blog. Leave blank if you don’t want to receive these emails.
- You might also choose to use Word Verification for Comments – this requires people leaving comments to complete a word verification step, which will help reduce comment spam.
- When you’ve finished all the steps, save your specifications by clicking on the Save Settings button.
So back to basics for this first post. What is a blog?
The word blog is a contraction of the word weblog. A blog is a specific type of website.
The main features of a blog which make it different from a regular website include:
- Content is presented in an ongoing series of data entries or posts – kind of like a diary or journal
- Posts are displayed in reverse chronological order with the most recent entry on top so the latest news or information is easy to identified
- There are Comments areas that allow for reader feedback regarding posts
- Links can be incorporated to other websites, other blogs and a variety of other links
- Pictures and videos can be embedded in posts to enhance the content or give more information
- Posts are given topical tags which enable readers to find similar posts
The content and purpose of blogs vary enormously; some are personal diaries, some focus on a specific subject such as politics or travel, and some are primarily “newsy” and informational.
Here are some examples of how other libraries are using blogs:
Sutherland Shire Library News
Alternative teen services
ACT Public Library Blog
Here’s a list of stuff Zemanta does:
- As you write your blog post, Zemanta opens up next to the Blogger post editor screen. After you’ve written something Zemanta looks at the words in your post and suggests images and video that may be relevant to your post and then, with just one click you can insert the picture/video into your post, saving you from having to trawl google images for a suitable picture and saving it to your ‘puter somewhere before using the uploader to get the picture in your blog. I used it in this here post to add the Zemanta logo thingy.
- Zemanta looks at what URLs (web page addresses) might be appropriate. These appear immediately below the post editor in Blogger, and by clicking on them you automatically create the links. This time you save the time it would take you to copy the URL from the website (after you’d spent time looking for it) and then going to Edit Html and entering the URL for it to be turned in to a link as I showed you in a recent post.
- Zemanta suggests labels for your post based on the text of your post.
- Finally, “Latest Update” gives you a list of blog posts from other blogs writing about similar topics. It’s a great way to discover sites talking about similar topics, and if you’d like to point your readers to those articles for further reading, clicking on them in the sidebar inserts them as “Related reading” links at the bottom of your post (see below).
If you have a few minutes, the following video will show you how it all works.
•Every minute of every day, 270,000 words are written on Blogger
•Millions of people worldwide use Blogger to publish to their blog each week
•Almost two thirds of Blogger’s traffic comes from outside North America (What’s the #2 country after the U.S.? Brazil, followed by Turkey, Spain, Canada, and the U.K.)
•The most popular sport for our bloggers? Soccer (that’s football to the rest of the world), more than four times larger than the #2 sport, baseball
The team want to know more about the users of Blogger— about what Blogger has meant to you over the past decade. Do what you do best: tell your story. Write a post, and then let us know about it by filling out this form. Read the full
Blogger Buzz post for more details
I use this in Readers in the Mist to add a catalogue link to book titles and I will use that for this example although the method is the same for other websites.
- Do your catalogue search (/find your website).
- When you’re at the page with the title details (either one title only or all the different copies), highlight and copy the web address (URL) from the address bar at the top of the page.
- In your Blogger new post window, click on the Edit html tab at the top.
- In the Edit html window, click on the insert link icon (third from the left) and paste the URL into the window that appears.
- The code will then be put at the bottom of your post. It will look something a little bit like this: < href=" http :// bmccstaff. blogspot. com / > (I’ve had to put in some extra spaces here and below so they don’t disappear, bear with me)
- Into the space between the > and the you enter the name of the web page so it appears in the published post as a link, eg Blogging for Dummies