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Creating your own blog

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If you have thoughts or ideas on important topics that you'd like to share with others, one excellent option you see a lot of these days is the use of a blog. What you may not know is with your Office 365 account, when you sign in, you also get your own personal blog site. We're going to take a look at it now. First, you'll need to go back to the Newsfeed tab up here on the navigation bar. Give it a click. And we've seen this before for starting conversations with people that we might be following.

Creating your own blog

If you have thoughts or ideas on important topics that you'd like to share with others, one excellent option you see a lot of these days is the use of a blog. What you may not know is with your Office 365 account, when you sign in, you also get your own personal blog site. We're going to take a look at it now. First, you'll need to go back to the Newsfeed tab up here on the navigation bar. Give it a click. And we've seen this before for starting conversations with people that we might be following.

But over here on the left-hand side is where you'll find a link to your blog. Give it a click. This takes you to your default blog site. You'll see default text, Welcome to my blog, you'll see information about sharing thoughts on topics that matter to you, et cetera. Down below is where you'll see your blog posts eventually. But over here on the left-hand side, you'll notice there are Categories to choose from, so if you want to narrow it down to specific Categories, and when you create blog post, you'll be able to select Categories. You can also add your own. Let's do that. Let's click Add Category, and anything related to lynda.com we want it in the lynda.com category, so let's type lynda.com.

We can click Save here or up here in the top-left corner. And that saves a category. It now appears with the other default categories. Now we can manage these categories after the fact. I'll show you that momentarily. But also down below, you'll be able to access Archives. So you'll find blog posts by month, and eventually the months will begin to appear over time, and older post will appear in the Older Posts link. But we don't have any yet, so let's go to the right-hand side to Blog tools. Here's where we go to create a post, manage those posts and comments.

Look at Categories. We can Manage Categories from here as well. So if you want to remove or add new categories or edit categories, you can do that from here. But right now we need a post. Let's click Create a Post. This will be your first blog post. It does require a title. Next, in the Body section, I'm going to give this another kind of subtitle, and that leaves a little bit of a space where I can start typing in the rest of my blog post. So I'm just pasting something I typed a moment ago, lynda.com library is like an all-you-can-eat buffet of training, and I would continue, but for the sake of time, that's good enough.

There are also formatting options, so I could select this subtitle and give it kind of a heading look. I'm going to go with Heading 2. And notice all of the formatting options that appear in your Font section, Paragraph sections, so you can really make your blog post look nice. Down below is where you get to choose a Category. There is the original categories, including the one we added, lynda.com. I'll select that and add it. Now if I wanted to, it could be Opinion based as well. I'm going to add that. The Published date and time will show up by default. All you need to do is click Publish, and that will be your first blog post.

So, Welcome to my blog gets pushed down and your latest blog appears at the top. You'll be able to read it right from here, and other people will be able to access your blog and read what they're seeing in the blog post and comment on it if they wanted to as well. Now if you wanted to, you could change the posted layout. Notice there are some dropdowns here, Boxed, Inline and so on. So if you wanted to change the way things appear, make it a little bit easier to recognize post Inline as an option, Boxed is another option where it looks nice and neat in its own separate box.

If I want to email this to people, I can email them a link to my blog, pass it around. It's a cool way to communicate with other people. Now let's go to Manage Categories. If we wanted to for example, remove the lynda.com category, we just have to select it, hit your Delete key on the keyboard. There's also an ellipsis here to open up a menu with some options like Deleting. Find out who it's Shared with. We could also, if we wanted to, go to the little Edit icon to edit it. So if I click this, I can now change the name for example. I'll also see details about who created it and modified it.

I'm just going to click Cancel here though. Let's click Home now to go back to our Homepage for our blog, and if you wanted to, now you could Manage posts. Let's say we want to narrow it down to just the lynda.com category blogs. Notice that the original post that was there by default disappears. It's just a way to stay better organized and focused in on the information that you want to see. And of course, I can click this link to open it up and see everything inside that post. That's just one of the views to choose from.

I'm going to go back to basic and encourage you to experiment with your very own blog site here in Office 365.

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