Blogging has become a way of life for many family historians. Not only is it a great way to document your research, but it also provides a delightful platform to present the stories of the ancestors you’ve met in the process. This section displays a collection of blogging resources, including recent Blog Bytes articles, to help you expand your knowledge of both blogging, HTML and writing for the Web.
|Blog Comments . . . the New Social Network?
||There's a downside to social networks - a lack of privacy.
Fortunately there is an alternative – one that also keeps our blogs front and center where they belong. It’s the Disqus commenting platform. Disqus makes it possible to comment at Tumblr, Blogger, WordPress (self-hosted), SquareSpace and a number of other blog platforms using one Disqus account.|
|Blog Platform: Blogger
||A Google userid is all that's needed to start your own blog at Blogger. This getting started guide will walk you through the basics. |
|Blog Platform: Medium
||Medium is a new place on the Internet where people share ideas and stories that are longer than 140 characters and not just for friends. It’s designed for little stories that make your day better and manifestos that change the world. It’s used by everyone from professional journalists to amateur cooks. It’s simple, beautiful, collaborative, and it helps you find the right audience for whatever you have to say.|
|Blog Platform: Postach.io ($)
||The easiest way to blog. Turn an Evernote™ notebook into a beautiful blog or web site.|
|Blog Platform: Postagon ($)
||Blogging for minimalists. Postagon is a blogging platform for those who like it simple and clean. Equipped with just the essentials for a pure reading & writing experience that will make your words shine. Editor supports Markdown.|
|Blog Platform: Posthaven ($)
||Posthaven is the safe place for all your posts forever. Post by email done right . . . just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attach photos, music, video, and docs. We reply with your new post.|
|Blog Platform: Squarespace ($)
||The robust Squarespace platform is the best way to start a blog. Engineered to amplify your voice, our elegant templates and tools help you make the most of your words, whatever your website is about.|
|Blog Platform: Tumblr
||Tumblr is so easy to use that it’s hard to explain.
We made it really, really simple for people to make a blog and put whatever they want on it. Stories, photos, GIFs, TV shows, links, quips, dumb jokes, smart jokes, Spotify tracks, mp3s, videos, fashion, art, deep stuff. Tumblr is 228 million different blogs, filled with literally whatever.
Tumblr editor supports Markdown.|
|Blog Platform: WordPress.com
||WordPress.com is the easiest way to create a free website or blog. It’s a powerful hosting platform that grows with you. WordPress editor supports Markdown. [free and premium services available]|
|Build a table of contents for your blog
||A blog site presents its content in reverse sequential order. This is great for news or journal type blogs, but not the best for organizing a family history blog. Most blog platforms offer a page feature – the ability to create a page outside the blog’s sequential structure – which can be used to create your own table of contents.|
|Building Billboards to Your Blog
||Metadata can be included in your blog in several ways. Why do you want to do this? The metadata keywords you include in your blog are the digital equivalent to billboards on the highway telling you where to find tourist attractions (See Rock City comes to mind), food, gas stations and other things the traveler wants. With metadata, your keywords are billboards for search engines – directing them to your blog and even to specific posts.|
|Disqus – Where Comments Get Social
||Introduction to the Disqus commenting platform which is free and can be set up on just about any blogging platform. |
|Evernote for Blogging?
||Postach.io is a blog platform where you post your content from your choice of Evernote or Dropbox. Using Evernote, you first connect Postach.io to your Evernote account then set up a blog which also sets up a notebook associated with your blog. Once that’s done, you just create a note in your blog notebook. When you’re ready to publish it, just add the “published” tag to the note and sync your Evernote account. Yeah, it’s that easy.
|WordPress School by Lorelle
||Online, self-paced training for WordPress bloggers from Lorelle VanFossen. |