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Niche Audience Blogs

When Priscilla set out from Australia she went knowing that she would communicate with friends all over the world via her blog.

Priscilla's Blog

Note that this blog no longer looks like the standard WordPress template. This is because P has learned how to use the dashboard to change the appearance and make her own header. Today you will learn about how to do some of this and over coming days P will give you her hot WordPress tips.

Blogs have become a very popular way for folk to record their travel memories and communicate with everyone at home. But there are so many other things you can publish on a blog. And since they are free there is really no limit to the number of purpose built blogs that you can have. Here at Soul Food they literally mutate and we have hundreds of the things. Generally we keep people updated via email but you can use RSS Feeds to make sure you are notified when your friends have updated their blogs.

A Garden Blog

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Carol Abel's Hortus Litterarum is just one example of a purpose specific blog. This blog is intended to be a collaborative blog and Carol invites contributions both in written form and in artwork (photography, clip art, illustrations, own artwork, etc.).  The texts can be poems, extracts from stories, plays, novels or your own work. Ideally she would like each piece of text to be accompanied by an image of some sort. The aim is to instil a love of literature in children and adults alike and to encourage them to explore the rich literary world in which we live. Carol hopes that the entries posted here will interest, divert, amuse and entertain her readers.

Mrs Parson's House

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Read the true story of Hanley Parsons and take the time to visit Parson's House. Parson's House was a feature blog during Halloween and you will find a wonderful collection of ghostly stories and other fabulous tidbits in the archives of this popular estalishment. Parson's House is a creation of Soul Food's Anita Marie Moscosso.

A Portal

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Lori Gloyd uses her blog, Into the Blue, as a portal to here creative works on the blog. Gloyd now has a number of blogs which are target specific and this container helps her to archive her work and direct people to particular things she is working on.

Showcasing Stories

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Jane Wolfinbarger (SheWolf) has a wonderful collection of her juvenile fantasy here but she has also kept all the pieces she wrote while exploring Lemuria with le Enchanteur.

A Wired Classroom

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The LaTrobe Secondary College blog showcases work that students completed on the Magic Garden.

Priscilla's Hot Tip

Priscilla

Watch for Priscilla's hot tips on shaping your blog over the coming days. She will offer some tips on how to insert images, use Tag Clouds, Tags, Text box widgets and so on.

Notice that each blog has a different header. How did they do that?

Go to Presentation. Choose Custom Header.

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See the Upload a New Header Image.

Browse your computer and choose an image, preferably sized to 700 by 300. Upload and you have a lovely header. If you did not have a sized image the system will direct you to crop it to a size you want.

Ways of Seeing

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Sandy's view of Heather Blakey at work. It is not right that one person can have so much fun working!

 

 

Day 4

Mastering WordPress With Priscilla.

WordPress

The Dashboard, which Priscilla is showing us here, is the absolute nerve centre of WordPress.This is what you need to become totally familiar with. It stores information about your recent posts and comments but most importantly, enables you to manage your blog.

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When you open one of the headers in the top first strip of headings you will find that the strip underneath changes and presents you with a series of functions. It is a matter of becoming familiar with each function. Whenever you make a change make sure to press save. It is a good idea to use the 'View Site' toggle to check that this is what you want. Remember that you are not going to break your blog so you can play and experiment and see what happens.

Let us have a go at making a post.

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When you click the WRITE function you will be given two options. You can choose to write a post or a page. A page is a static feature on your blog and will be listed as a page on your dashboard. A post is permanent, unless you delete it, but it automatically goes to the top of your post list. People use pages for information that they want to be readily available. For example, it is good for bio's and project instructions. You can use the page feature to create a book if you want to.

Posts, on the other hand, are saved in categories and the sytem stores them under the category your select. Generally they are used to show off your most recent piece of work.

To Post: Give your work a title and either write directly in the post box.WordPress do not recommend using Microsoft Word. I find that the system responds if I use a compose box in my Outlook Express. Look at the right hand column of the post screen.

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Each of these boxes drop down and allow you to make changes. To make a category, for example, simply type a category name in to the box and click add. Then you can tick this box and your post will be saved in it. If you want to keep a post in more than one category simply tick more than one category box.

Remember, Rome was not built in a day so take your time.

Write a post, make a category and PUBLISH. So long as you are logged in you can edit this post many times.

Removing Default WordPress Post and Page

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To remove default pages that WordPress created automatically choose the tag MANAGE. You will find that you can manage your posts, pages, images you have uploaded, categories and comments now. Look at the screen. See the delete option at the end of the stored post. Click this and the default post will be gone. Likewise, if you hate one of your posts or pages you can delete it in the same way

Changing Themes and Adding Widgets

When you create a Wordpress blog, the color and design of the blog’s presentation is a plain blue default theme called “Kubrick”.  Fortunately, you can change the theme by choosing another from several dozen  offered by Wordpress.

To change the theme, login to Wordpress and select your blog.  On the administrative task bar, click Presentation.  The current theme will appear on the top followed by thumbnail images depicting various available themes and their descriptions

Presentation

Click the image of the theme you want to use.  We selected the theme “Connections”.

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 The theme will load a preview to show you how your blog will look.  If you like it, then click “Activate” on the upper right. 

You can place content on the side bar of your blog by adding Widgets.  Click Widgets on the Presentation task bar.  You will then see the current default Sidebar Arrangement.  Scroll down the page a bit to see Available Widgets.  Click and hold a Widget and then drag it up to the Sidebar Arrangement and position it where you want it. 

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 To add text to a Text Widget, double click the Text Widget after you drag it up.  A small box will open where you will add a title and the text.

When you are done adding Widgets,  click the Save Changes button.

After your have saved the changes,  click View Site at the top of the page and you will see the finished result.

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Activity

Work on the presentation of your blog and experiment with different templates