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Creating a SharePoint blog

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One of the remaining SharePoint site templates is a blog site. If your SharePoint administrator have enabled it and you have the ability to make a personal site, which you will find under your My Content link, you will even actually see a suggested place here if you want to create a blog. This would be a good place to put a blog if you are just doing it for yourself. You could actually create a blog site under any site. It's normally available when you are creating a sub-site. So let's say you are creating a team blog, you might put it under your team site.

Creating a SharePoint blog

One of the remaining SharePoint site templates is a blog site. If your SharePoint administrator have enabled it and you have the ability to make a personal site, which you will find under your My Content link, you will even actually see a suggested place here if you want to create a blog. This would be a good place to put a blog if you are just doing it for yourself. You could actually create a blog site under any site. It's normally available when you are creating a sub-site. So let's say you are creating a team blog, you might put it under your team site.

This would be a personal one. So I am going to hit Create Blog. It's a bit more of a straightforward process of creating it here rather than naming it and choosing a URL. And we have the blog. As you might expect, it's kind of like using any blog. The whole point of blogs is they are very, very easy to use. You can click on any one of the headings here. You have got an Edit button. That gives you a little editor. You can add your own categories and choose from certain categories in there. I am going to just cancel out of that. You have the easy Blog Tools on the right hand side for creating a post and for managing your posts and managing your comments.

It is still a SharePoint site so it's made out of lists and libraries like any other SharePoint site. There is not a lot of complexity to it. We really just have one library for photos, a simple list of categories where you can just add your own ones if you want to, a simple list for comments, a links list and a posts list. Everything else is run essentially from these few places. What happens is that this content of your blog also becomes part of your own activity feed.

So if people are actually viewing you, if you have got colleagues, whatever you write here is going to show up if they are looking for your content and what you've been doing. Blog sites are not something that I have seen an awful lot in a lot of SharePoint installations. They tend to get used quite heavily by just a few people. Some of the companies that I've worked with it did use them heavily were companies that did a lot of consulting where people did not get to physically have a lot of face-to-face time. So they were updating their own kind of semi-professional, semi-personal blogs with the work they were doing at that particular time.

It's an easy site to create. It's an easy site to maintain. What you will also find is that the blog content will actually show up as content in your own profile feed, meaning it will also show up as activity in anyone who is a colleague or who is otherwise tracking you within your organization, and really it wouldn't be a blog if there was a great deal of complexity to it. The whole point of this thing is very easy to do. You don't see an amazing amount of rich text editing. It's actually quite simple, simple to create, simple to edit and straightforward to use.

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SharePoint 2010 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 16s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
  2. 16m 34s
    1. What is SharePoint?
      8m 9s
    2. SharePoint roles
      2m 5s
    3. Accessing SharePoint
      4m 48s
    4. The SharePoint product line
      1m 32s
  3. 44m 55s
    1. What is a team site?
      2m 43s
    2. Navigating a team site
      9m 41s
    3. Using team site lists and libraries
      11m 38s
    4. Editing the home page
      9m 31s
    5. Adding a Web Part
      6m 19s
    6. Deleting a Web Part
      5m 3s
  4. 10m 53s
    1. What is a Document Workspace?
      4m 2s
    2. Creating a Document Workspace
      4m 3s
    3. Deleting a Document Workspace
      2m 48s
  5. 6m 3s
    1. What is a Meeting Workspace?
      2m 7s
    2. Creating a Meeting Workspace
      2m 40s
    3. Deleting a Meeting Workspace
      1m 16s
  6. 36m 3s
    1. Exploring the available lists
      5m 30s
    2. Creating a custom list
      8m 44s
    3. Creating a custom view
      6m 43s
    4. Working with libraries
      6m 18s
    5. Using versioning and Check In/Check Out
      8m 48s
  7. 45m 55s
    1. SharePoint and Word
      6m 6s
    2. SharePoint and Outlook
      7m 38s
    3. SharePoint and Excel
      3m 54s
    4. SharePoint and Access
      2m 58s
    5. SharePoint and InfoPath
      11m 42s
    6. SharePoint and PowerPoint
      3m 46s
    7. SharePoint and Visio
      6m 20s
    8. Using SharePoint Workspace
      3m 31s
  8. 32m 8s
    1. What is a site collection?
      3m 56s
    2. Creating a site collection
      6m 35s
    3. Creating a new site
      6m 29s
    4. Customizing a site
      7m 47s
    5. Creating a site template
      7m 21s
  9. 13m 53s
    1. Understanding permissions
      3m 33s
    2. Adding a user to a site
      5m 14s
    3. Deleting a user from a site
      1m 39s
    4. Creating a new security group
      3m 27s
  10. 31m 54s
    1. Using out-of-the-box workflows
      11m 1s
    2. Creating your own workflows with SharePoint Designer
      15m 20s
    3. Creating your own workflows with Visio
      5m 33s
  11. 40m 36s
    1. Using site templates
      5m 49s
    2. Using the web content management features
      10m 40s
    3. Using master pages
      3m 37s
    4. Creating an Enterprise Wiki
      7m 14s
    5. Sharing an Access database with Access Services
      7m 19s
    6. Working with rich media
      5m 57s
  12. 53m 9s
    1. Managing documents and records
      3m 0s
    2. What are content types?
      4m 22s
    3. Creating a content type
      11m 30s
    4. What are document sets?
      2m 12s
    5. Creating document sets
      7m 49s
    6. Creating a Document Center
      4m 37s
    7. Creating a Record Center
      8m 25s
    8. Defining information management policy
      11m 14s
  13. 15m 42s
    1. Using personal and social features
      7m 28s
    2. Creating a SharePoint blog
      2m 48s
    3. Personalizing SharePoint with tags and notes
      5m 26s
  14. 21m 22s
    1. Searching in SharePoint
      4m 26s
    2. Creating a Search Center
      8m 4s
    3. Customizing Search with keywords
      3m 30s
    4. Customizing Search with scopes
      5m 22s
  15. 47m 18s
    1. Using Excel Services
      10m 12s
    2. Creating a Business Intelligence Center
      3m 5s
    3. Using PerformancePoint Services
      12m 3s
    4. Using status indicators
      8m 10s
    5. Using the Chart Web Parts
      6m 33s
    6. Using Business Connectivity Services (BCS)
      7m 15s
  16. 1m 3s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 3s

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