Sunday, 18 March 2007

Welcome to my blog

I've set up this blog to track my learning through the 23 Things discovery exercises in the ECU Library Learning 2.0 Program.
So I've got this far in setting up the blog, which is Week 2's exercise. I didn't find it too daunting. Initially I did not use my Gmail account to log in. You don't have to I discovered, but if you wish to put a comment on the blog you do need a Gmail account.
You can set up different option for comments, allow all, allow only certain people.
What did I learn?
Setting up a blog is a bit like setting up a website where all the templates are provided. You can make it as fancy as you want and add pictures, links and other cool stuff. You can change the colours, fonts and add extra elements down the side with Blogger.
When you post a new blog it appears at the top, which takes a bit of getting used to. But then you can go to Archives to flip back to earlier work.
The picture on the top right is in the template. You can also put pictures in your actual blog, in which case the text wraps around them depending on the placement option you select.

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