Sunday, June 17, 2012

Blogging Tips

I was so clueless (okay still am) when it came to Blogging.  I started this adventure almost a year ago, and I still haven't learned all the do's, don'ts and hows.  I have learned a lot along the way just by playing around on my computer.  Sad thing is, I don't have a lot of computer skills.  Until I started blogging, I had NEVER used PowerPoint.  I read blogs, but didn't really follow them.  I have learned some things in the past year.  I'm still learning something new everyday.  

I wish I had had a coach to help me along the way when I started out.  It would've made things easier, and less time consuming.  I offered to help a few coworkers. (I love the people I work with--some of them are new to technology and have a hard time using a mouse--so my tutorials are for basic skills).  I didn't know how to explain things to them, so I typed it up, step by step, and tried to be detailed.   I even assigned homework.  I worked in small doses with the directions as to not overwhelm them.  

As simple as this may sound, I wish I would've had someone help me with that....so, I thought I'd share for all of you who may be thinking of going into the blogging world.  Mind you, I typed it out as if I were talking---SOOOO there are LOTS of run on sentences and grammatical errors.  

Here's the first tutorial (in which I assigned homework lol).


If you are wanting to go a step farther and begin a blog, this contains how to save images, load them and link them.

Finally, after mentioning Pinterest so many times, I gave a little tutorial on it too. 

I know so many of you out there are already WAY past me in blogging skills and computer skills, but I hope this helps someone who may be a little unsure, like my coworkers and myself.

**And a big thank you to Maree Truelove  for the pretty pink background, and The 3AM Teacher for the cute polka dot frames!!

49 comments:

  1. DeAnne, these tips are going to help a lot of people. That was very thoughtful of you to offer them!

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter
    luvyorkies@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks Lori. I hope it helps someone--as I was/am completely new to all of this.

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  2. Thank you for the tips! I have learned the same way you have, but haven't tried Google Docs yet. Now I will! I LOVE your blog and follow it weekly!

    Heather at TeachItToday

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    1. Aww thanks so much Heather!! I hope that the google docs tip helps! :)

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  3. What a great resource!! I need all the help I can get in this new adventure of mine! I am your latest follower and I absolutely LOVE the cupcakes!!!!

    Heather
    Kickin' it in Kinder

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    1. Aww---thank you. There's definitely a lot to learn in this bloggy world---I'm learning something new every day!! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  4. I love the vacation pics. I was reading through some of your old posts and the recipes look yummy! We love to bake here too so I am going to go check those out after I feed Mr. Hubby his Father's Day dinner.

    :) Nancy

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    1. I think that sweets are my weakness. I would like to say chocolate, or peanut butter---but it's pretty much just sweets in general. :) Baking is such a fun time in the kitchen with our family too. :) I hope you find something yummy to make! :) (You could always check out my pinterest board too---LOTS of yummy stuff there)

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    2. OMG, I just looked through all of the cupcakes and goodies on the cupcake recipe link....Y*U*M! A nutella cupcake....my daughter loves nutella! I can't wait to try some of them! Thanks so much for sharing that link!!

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    3. I'm off to check out your "pins"....I'm getting the munchies :) LOL

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    4. You can't go wrong with Nutella---ever! :) I hope you found something to munch on!! I like to bake A LOT, but my hips don't care much for the goodies.....SOO, I thought I'd freeze the stuff I make. Come to find out, I LOVE LOVE LOVE frozen Chocolate Peanut Butter cupcakes---I need a new method! :)

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  5. Lots of good tips-thank you for sharing. I also just love the design of your blog-very inviting! :)

    NotJustChild'sPlay

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    1. Thanks for the sweet comment and for stopping by!! :)

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  6. I've been blogging for about a month now and I still have so much to learn. I'm having a giveaway this week celebrating my first month of blogging and all of the great blogs that I have found so far, so if you get the chance come check it out :)

    Swimming Into Learning

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    1. I think I learn something new everyday in this blogging world. I just hopped over to your blog!! Thanks for leaving your link! :)

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  7. These are great! So nice for those getting started.
    _Chrissy
    First Grade Found Me

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    1. Thanks Chrissy---I hope it helps someone! :)

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  8. Wow! I wish I would have had some of these tips when I started! Thanks for sharing the knowledge you've gained since you began.
    Laura
    Mrs. Castro's Class 2nd Grade...Spanglish Style

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    1. It would have made things easier had I known a little more about what I was doing when I started. LOL---Maybe it can help someone else. I know it has helped a few coworkers.

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  9. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this! Every time I figure something out, I copy and paste the info into a folder on my computer. I never thought of making something like this, but now you have me thinking... Maybe a linky on blogging helpers is in order!

    Thanks again and have a great week!

    faithfulinfirst.blogspot.com

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    1. I've never hosted a linky. I've joined in on them--but never hosted. That is a good idea though. There's so much to learn, and if a person is anything like me, this is ALL new---right down to the PowerPoints.

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  10. One more thing, how do you have a reply option after each comment?

    faithfulinfirst.blogspot.com

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  11. In your blogger dashboard, click on settings. Next, click on your comments tab. In the third section "Comment Form Placement," click on Embedded Below Post. Try that and see if it helps.

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  12. Thank you so much for the tutorials. I am getting ready to begin my 28th year of teaching. I just started my summer break and I brought my computer home. I started looking at blogs for the first time ever and I absolutely love it! I thought about entering the blogging world, but I didn't know where to begin. Thanks for giving me a push and a beginning!

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  13. Thanks for taking the time to type this all out. There's some things on there I need to work on.

    Kelly @ I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

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    1. Your welcome Kelly. I hope something in there helps someone! :)

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  14. Hi Deanne!
    Thanks for the tips! I know they're going to be helpful to me! :)

    A Pirates Life for Us

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    1. You're welcome! I hope you find something useful! :)

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  15. I hear you! I just started blogging and trying to create a TPT store, but feel so lost! You are doing a great job and your blog is fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing all of your ideas. PLEASE follow my blog Keeping Up With First Grade so that we can *Teach to Make a Difference* together!
    http://keepingupwithfirstgrade.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks so much! :) I just hopped over to your blog. Darling, you're off to a GREAT start...keep it up! ;)

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  16. Thanks a bunch for the tutorials! I am working on a blog currently and very slowly because I don't really know the in's and out's yet. I appreciate all of the help that I can get right now. When I have mine up and running I will give you a holler so you can check my new blog out!
    Karen
    mmixon@homesc.com

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  17. WOW...wonderful information and great tips! Thank you so much for taking the time to post these! SMILES!

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  18. Thank you!! I just started my blog last month and I am so overwhelmed!!! I appreciate the help!
    Jennifer
    FirstGradeisaJungleofFun

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  19. Thanks so much for sharing! I love the tips!

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  20. Great tips! I just wanted to say "Hi." I am your newest follower!
    Jennifer
    kindertrips

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  21. Thank you. this is very helpful. I have been wondering how to do these things, too, but didn't know where to start!

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  22. Thank you for the great tutorials!

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    1. You're welcome! ;) Hope you found something good in there!

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    1. And one of my coworkers emailed it to me !! How awesome is that?!! I loved it! :) Glad I could help her! ;)

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  24. I'm your newest follower! I hope you'll check out my new "manly" blog!

    Greg
    Smedley's Smorgasboard of Kindergarten

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  25. DeAnne,

    I don't even know what to say to express how thankful I am to have stumbled upon your tutorials. I have been blog stalking for about a year and a half, but am just now getting the guts to start my own. In my excitement, I completely failed to actually think HOW I was going to do it. I have very little knowledge about computers and all things related. However, thanks to you, I am now feel confident in my abilities to create an inspirational blog for teachers to come and find new ideas. It's funny... the past few nights all I do is lay awake, excited about the possibilities running through my mind. Thank you, sincerely, for helping me (and so many others) get started on this exciting adventure.

    Rebecca

    BTW I would ask you to stop by my blog, but there's not a whole lot to it yet. If you think about it in a few days, I would love for you to check it out and see all of the things you have made possible.
    1stgradefascination.blogspot.com

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  26. I am completely new at this and have been looking all over the internet for tutorials and any other help I can find. Unfortunately, there isn't that much out there. This will be a huge help to me. Thank you so much for posting this! BTW, I love your blog!

    Jules

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  27. I am SO happy you posted this! I'm new to blogging as of the beginning of June.. and I've always wanted to make my own stuff but didn't know how. I've now found a total of 3 different places that have AMAZING tutorials, including yours! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    I found your blog via Elementary Matters! Thanks for all you do :]

    Sara
    Miss V's Busy Bees

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  28. I want to start a blog but am still frightened of the what-if's! Could you do a tutorial on how you create black and white recording sheets to go in your units? Thank you,
    C

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  29. THANK you for this!! So helpful.

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