Discovery 1 – Blogs

May 6, 2009 at 1:31 am 6 comments


Discover what blogs are all about by watching this video:

We will use blogs throughout our learning program. This CityLibraries Learning blog is where you will check each week for the latest discovery exercise, so mark it as a Favourite site now.


Now it’s time to get stuck in and have a play with blogs!

1. You will need to set up your own blog to track your progress and record your thoughts and ideas throughout our learning 2.0 journey. Your blog will be available on the internet for anyone to read (updated 1:04pm, 6/5/09)

For this course we will be using free hosted blogging software. Choose from the following:



Blogger – Very easy to use, ideal for absolute beginners




WordPress – Also easy to use, has a few more features to explore.


You will need to register and then follow the instructions on the screen to create your very own blog. Choose a username, password and name for your blog. Make sure you write these down and don’t lose these as you will need them to log into your blog throughout the course. This will be the first of many usernames/passwords you will create so stop for a moment now and think how you would like to be identified. Perhaps use the same one or similar ones for every Web 2.0 tool.

How you choose to identify yourself on your blog is your choice. You can blog under a screen name, anonymously, or as yourself. In order to qualify for the staff incentives and prize drawings, you will need to register your blog – please read point 4. below.

If there is another blog site that you are used to using please feel free to use it. If you have already used one of these blogging tools, perhaps try the other one for your learning blog.

 2. Have a play with the themes on offer, these will change the colour and layout of your blog. Make your blog distinctive and make a statement!

 3. Add a test post or two. Consider writing a brief biography or a comment about what you want to achieve throughout this learning 2.0 program. Share whatever you want to, but remember your blog will be out there for the world to see!

 4. Enter your blog address in the comments section at the bottom of this post. This will help us see who is participating as well as registering you for the prizes at the end of the program. Since you control all the information that you share on your blog, you can choose to use a screen name to identify yourself to keep yourself anonymous.
However if you choose to blog anonymously, but you still want to be in the running for a prize, you will need to send an email to (remove nospam before sending).  Your identity will not be shared with anyone other than Warren, and will remain absolutely confidential.

5. Spend some time playing with your blog: explore the options/features, try adding an image or two


For those of you comfortable with blogging, or for beginners who really want to stretch their wings, consider these questions, and write your responses on your own blog.

 1. How might you use a blog to better connect with your family and friends. What advantages do blogs have over other communication methods? Any disadvantages?

 2. How might you use a blog to connect with your work colleagues, at CityLibraries Townsville or at other library services?

 3. How might you use a blog to connect better with library customers and people who don’t use the library? Is there an opportunity to use a blog to provide a library service to people who wouldn’t otherwise use the library?

Have fun!
 – Warren


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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Robyn Delaney  |  May 6, 2009 at 4:40 am

    Hope to learn a lot of new things.

  • 2. ironosphere  |  May 6, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    I’ve added my Blog, the Ironosphere (using the most minimal theme I could find, but I’ll tweak that as time goes by)…


  • 3. Di Klem  |  May 7, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    I have just joined.

  • 4. jayzed  |  May 12, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    OK, I’ve finally taken the leap with all of this tekinogical stuff! Can’t make any promises but here goes …!!!

    Jules (JZ)

  • 5. scarmist  |  May 14, 2009 at 11:00 am

    I’ve activated my blog at:


  • 6. alison miles  |  May 20, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    I’ll use my storyspace blog while I’m learning new things.



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