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Blogging 101

Day 1:  Welcome to blogging!

Day 2:  All About You!

Day 3:  Social Media Day

Widgets and Pictures

Adding Links


Creating External Links for Pictures


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Creating External Links for Pictures

It is important to give credit where credit is due (copyright) on the world wide web.  This is how to create a link so when your viewers click on a picture it will take them to another website.

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How to Link a Pic

Short Way

  1. Click on the picture.
  2. Click on the paper clip at the top of the screen.
  3. Paste the link.

Longer Way (allows you to edit the size and location of the picture).

  1. Insert a picture into your blog.
  2. Click on the picture and select Edit (the pencil).
  3. At the bottom, select “Link to”
  4. You can then paste the URL that you want viewers to be directed to.
  5. You can also write a caption for your picture.  This will appear underneath the picture of your post.

Adding Links

Change this…

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into this…  Flowers

GOALS!  Add nice links!


  1. Type the word you want to click out to.
  2. Highlight the word.
  3. Go to the website and copy the entire link down.
  4. Click on the link button above, it looks like a paper clip.
  5. Paste the link into the first box (http:)
  6. I recommend you click on the “Open in a new page”
  7. Embedding
  8. Creating External Links for Pictures

Day 4: Advanced Topics

Goals Today:

  1. Adding Widgets
  2. Adding a photo gallery
  3. Adding Links (hyperlinks) for words and pictures
  4. Embedding
  5. Google Forms
  6. Blog Etiquette
  7. Citing Pictures
  8. Read and Comment on peer blogs

1. Widgets

  1. Change your comment settings so anyone can comment without you having to “approve” it.  To fix this, go to Settings, Discussion. Then uncheck the boxes (see below).
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  2. Read about widgets here.
  3. Add several widgets to your blog.

2.  Photos and Photo Gallery

Click on the plus sign icon (+) to add pictures to your blog.  You can edit pictures in WordPress, but it is slow and painful.  It is much easier to edit your pictures on your phone or computer, then upload them.

When you select more than one picture to add to your post (at the same time), you will automatically be directed to chose a gallery.  Take your time and play with some of the different galleries to see how they look in your blog.  The best way to do this is to insert the gallery into your post then click on preview.

3.  Adding Links to Words and Pictures

4.  Embedding

Learn how to “embed” YouTube videos into your blogposts!

Turn this:  into THIS…

  1. Find what you would like to embed
  2. Click on the SHARE button
  3. Select EMBED
  4. COPY the code
  5. Click on HTML at the top of the page.
  6. PASTE the code

5. Google Forms

Google Forms – Create your own form and I will show you how to embed it

6.  Blogging Etiquette

Blogging Etiquette is very important!  Here are two posts that speak to the do’s and don’t of blogging.

7.  Citing Pictures

It is imperative that you credit any images you post on your blog that you find on the internet.  Read how to correctly site pictures below:

8.  Reading and Commenting on Blogs

  1. Check out the blogs of the other members of your class!
  2. Write a comment on THREE different classmates blogs.
  3. Respond to comments written to you!

9.  Write a blog post today!


  1. Upload pictures to your blog.
  2. Write a blog post where you include a gallery of pictures.
  3. 50 Things to Blog About
  4. Blog Topics

Day 2: All About YOU!

To add posts, edit your blog site and your customize your blog, you will need to sign into WordPress.  When you sign into WordPress you will land on your dashboard.  The Dashboard is like a “homepage” where you can change and edit things about your blog.

Goals for today:

  1. Delete the artificial intro post
  2. Complete “About Me” Page
  3. Professional Photo Shoot (Bring Cameras)
  4. Create Logo
  5. Create a site icon
  6. Custom Header
  7. Write another blog post!

1.  Delete Introductory Post

  1. Click on “My Sites” at the top of the page.
  2. Click on Blog Posts
  3. Select the post that you DID not write (it is probably called “My Journey”)
  4. Click on the three dots  …  and select “Trash”.

2. About Me Page

Having an “About” page is optional.  Many blogs have this page to introduce themselves to their readers.  Please do not publish your last name or where you live on your “About” page.  Try to write 2 paragraphs!  🙂

Ideas of things you can include on your “About” page:

  • What your blog will be about
  • What your interests are
  • Why you want to start blogging
  • What you hope to accomplish blogging
  • Your new head shot!

3.  Professional Photo Shoot!

4.  Create a Logo for your page.

Click here to start!

5.  Create a site icon!

Click here to read about creating a site icon!

6.  Custom Header

Click here to read about creating a custom header

7.  Write a blog post!

Day 1: Welcome to Blogging

Blog Lingo

Before you create your blog, you need to learn the lingo!  Please read this to familiarize yourself with blog lingo.  Pick one word that you are NOT familiar with to read about.  You will make a poster for your word and then present your word to the rest of the class.

  1. Blog Title (aka Site Title)
  2. Blogroll
  3. Categories
  4. Custom Domain
  5. Gravatar
  6. Header
  7. HTML Editor
  8. Pingback
  9. Publicize
  10. Shortcode
  11. Sidebar
  12. Site Logo
  13. Spam
  14. Statistics
  15. Sticky Post
  16. Tag
  17. Tagline
  18. Two-Step Authentication
  19. URL
  20. Widget

Creating Your Blog!

Our focus for today will be to create and personalize your blog.  Don’t worry, you can always change your theme AND your blog title later if you would like.

** You MUST read about setting up your blog here before beginning.   THEN, you may go through the steps below.

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  1. Go to
  2. Your Info:
    1. You will pick the FREE WordPress plan.  You can always upgrade later.
    2. Enter the email that you use the most.
    3. Pick a user name and a password.  Your user name does not have to be the suggestion.  Stop now and write down your user name and password somewhere you will not lose it.
    4. Type in your desired blog address.  If it is not available, WordPress will give you suggestions.  You can also try different variations yourself.  If you can’t decide on a creative blog address, then a great alternative is to use your name!
    5. Click the “Create Blog” and you are set!
  3. Chose a theme.  Be sure to pick a free theme.  You can customize some things on your theme.  You can change your theme later if you change your mind.
  4. Customize Theme.  If you have a picture that you would like featured at the top of your blog click on header and upload the picture.  Otherwise, skip customization for now.

Once you have finished, please fill out this form to send me your blog info!

Form link if it is not showing on your computer.

Next Steps today…

  1. Check out the WordPress Reader! You can find and follow blogs that are similar to you or are just interesting to you.
  2. Search the web for other blogs that are similar to yours.  It is a great way to get inspiration and generate ideas! Put the word “blog” in your search to help you find blogs.  If you follow any WordPress blogs, they will show up in your reader.
  3. Read more blogging tutorials that help you learn WordPress.
  4. Customizing your blog is a great way to make your blog stand out!  Spend time making your blog your own.

Next – Your first post, “About Me”

If you already have a blog and want to use it…

Already have a blog?  Be sure to fill out the form above, then read this checklist to refresh and update your blog!  Get configured (#6) walks you through customizing your blog and is a great way to give your old blog a new face!  🙂