Thing 1 – Read this blog
Welcome to the Huddersfield Reference Library “25 Things” blog.
(easy so far huh?)
“25 Things” is an informal course for staff to work on at their own pace, giving you the chance to learn about new technologies on the internet. Each week will bring a new post on this blog. Each new post will give you a few more things to explore. The total number of things will be… (surprise surprise) 25!
The course is self-directed and unstructured – this blog will point you in the direction of where to explore and you go ahead and look around. We want you to PLAY!
Each week the work should take around one hour, but you will probably be able to make it last as long as you like. The things will be added to this blog a few at a time each week. Each group of things should take you about an hour to complete. For more on time, visit the FAQ section.
All of the technologies you will be introduced to have been designed to be EASY.
If you get stuck, the answer to what to do will be on the screen in front of you. If its not, the site you’re looking at will have a ‘help’ section you can consult. For more on what to do if you’re stuck visit the Help I’m Stuck! section.
All of the stuff you’ll be introduced to are things considered to be part of “Web 2.0”
Thing 2 – Watch this video to learn more about Web 2.0
Thing 3 – Set up a blog of your own
As you’re working through the rest of your 25 Things one thing please take some time to record what you’re up to on a blog. You can include in your blog anything you like about your 25 things experience. This might include what you’ve done, whether you think it’s useful, what you thought was easy or hard, where you got stuck, how you overcame your sticking points, anything you’ve found that others might find interesting – whatever you like really. Just remember, your colleagues WILL be reading what you write! As well as commenting on it.
You can choose to use a screen name if you prefer to keep yourself anonymous. This name will be posted on your blog, but your “real identity” will not be listed. Your blog will be linked to this 25 Things blog so that people can keep up with it but if you choose a screen name you will still be anonymous if that’s what you want.
People blog because they want to share with others. They may share their opinions, rants on particular topics, or news from a holiday. They may even have a professional blog where they share views on their work, or they may have a blog all about their pet. One of my favourites is The Polite Librarian.
When you’re blogging, you can adopt any persona you like. Some people have written from a cat’s perspective.
(keyboard kat by The Flooz)
You will be expected to blog something each week about the work you’ve done in your hour (or longer). We want to know how you’re getting on, what you’ve found useful and what not so much. So let us know. You will also be expected to comment on at least one post on one other person’s blog per week. It doesn’t matter what it is – it could be a comment on how you felt about a particular thing, it could be a link to something they might find useful, it might just be ‘lolz!! 😛 ‘. It doesn’t matter. Just be sociable.
Setting up your blog
Now that you’ve done some exploring around this blog and understand how the programme will work, it’s time to set up your own personal blog. We would also like you to write your very first post where you can introduce yourself, or your persona, or explain what the blog is for.
Remember, your blog is where you will be recording your thoughts and experiences for the 25 Things programme. If you are not sure how much to write, don’t be shy – write as much as you like!
For this exercise ‘Set up your blog’ we are using WordPress, a free online blog hosting service that is extremely easy to use – you’re looking at a WordPress blog right now.
Step 1: Go to the WordPress website.
Step 2: Fill in the form – remember, you can use a made up name if you want. Make sure you tick the box about legal flotsam. “Gimme a blog” should be highlighted, so click “Next” and follow the instructions. Make sure you make a note of your username and password and blog address.
Step 3: If you can’t see the controls for your blog click on ‘My Dashboards’ at the top of the screen. This will give you a toolbar down the left hand side of the screen with all the sections you need to add posts, change the appearance of your blog etc
Step 4: Add a new post to your blog to introduce yourself to everyone. You can be boring and talk about work, or a bit more interesting and tell us the names of your pets… anything really! For an example have a look at my blog “Its All About Amy”. Find it at the top of the list of blogs on the left of the screen.
If you need a bit of help try watching this –
Registering your Blog
Copy the url (address) of the blog YOU have created (this can be found in the address bar on the page from which you are viewing your blog) and paste it into a comment in the comments section of the “What is 25 Things” page.
Once you have registered your Blog it will be listed here on the 25 Things blog. The blogs your colleagues set up are good places to gain inspiration and support each other via the comments section in the individual blogs. Find them on the left hand side of the screen.
Important: remember your login details!!
Extra credits – “Pimp my blog”1
Personalise your blog’s appearance by chosing a different theme – just look for the bit marked ‘Appearance’ then look for the link about themes and search for one you like. If you choose a theme with a custom header you could even upload a picture from your computer.
Remember – if in doubt just click on it – you can always use the back button!