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---Why I Do This---
I started off as a complete novice - not even knowing what Blogger was. I was organising a school reunion and asked my son if there was a way I could keep in touch with everyone without having to contact them all separately - so he set me up with Blogger and left me to it. It must be easy as I was soon able to find my way around quite easily and learn how it worked without being shown. I have now gone from having just one for the school reunion to now having 30. I do not use them in the conventional sense of an online diary - but use them for village history and the history of local church and chapels etc - I will list my uses below.
Blogger is a blog-publishing service that allows private or multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. It was created by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003. Generally, the blogs are hosted by Google at a subdomain of blogspot.com.
---The Product & Instructions---
Easy to set up. Pick you own name - which will end in 'blogspot.com' - there is a way of getting a proper web address but I have not bothered with that yet. You have many templates to choose from so you can choose your own layout.
---The Sort of Blogs I Have---
* SCHOOL REUNION - this was used before our two reunions to let people know how the preparations were going and is still kept going as I added pictures of the event and also history of the school too. I have added a Youtube slideshow of the reunions and also added Polls to see what people wanted for their next reunion. * SISTER'S RUBY WEDDING - added wedding pictures and ones of where they were married and people left messages before the event. I then added pictures taken on the day. I was able to add a slideshow with red showering hearts from Photobucket. * HISTORY SOCIETY - I am secretary so I have added lots of info for the group plus pictures and slideshows. Also a Youtube slideshow of around the village. * OLD VILLAGE SCHOOL - pictures and history of our closed school. * CLOSED VLLAGE CHURCH - pictures and history of our closed church. * CLOSED VILAGE CHAPELS - pictures and history of our two closed chapels. * COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION - minutes and pictures of community gardens etc. * VILLAGE HALL - rental charges and minutes. * COMMUNITY COUNCIL - council minutes. * VILLAGE MILESTONES - pictures and history. * THEN & NOW PICTURES OF VILLAGE - old and new images. * VILLAGE REMEMBRANCE - recording our three war dead - pictures, Youtube slideshow and text. * VILLAGE TIMELINE - text only. * VILLAGE INTERACTIVE MAP * VILLAGE BUSINESSES INTERACTIVE MAP * NEW RESIDENT INFROMATION - lots of text and images. * HISTORY OF MY PRIMARY SCHOOL DN CHILDHOOD VILLAGE - text and images. * HISTORY OF EYAM - text and images. * CHRISTMAS PREPARATIONS (private) - text. * FINANCES (private) - text.
As you can see from the list above, since I started blogging in 2007 I have expanded my list of blogs. Blogger is very easy to get to grips with and I just started off with basic posts and then learnt of its features as I went along. IMAGES - it is easy to add images to your posts or you can add them down the side of the blog or to the top. POLLS - added a few of these to the school reunion blog. PAGES - have added different pages to all my blogs now to give more an impression of a proper website. SLIDESHOWS - have added these from Photobucket. HTML - I use this feature to add google maps. INTERACTIVE MAPS - I made these using Zeemaps (again free) and did two blogs for them - one showing businesses and one for places of interest. LINKS LIST - useful for showing other interesting websites and for showing my other blogs. LABELS - these are put at the end of each post regarding its content and can then be shown alphabetically down the side of the blog as a sort of index.
I do a village website which the village pays for by fundraising but I find these blogs very useful as I can create as many as I like without incurring any extra cost. Blogger is very easy to use as I am no expert - I would suggest to anyone to give them a try - they have lots of uses apart form the conventional one of an online diary. I have used two for private reference - one for my Christmas preparations (present lists etc) and also one for my finances - these can be kept private so only I can view them.
---Would I Recommend?---
Yes definitely - they are so easy to manage..
Summary: Great FREE way to get information disseminated on the internet.
(Also published by me under the name Rolandrat on Dooyoo)