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In SharePoint 2010 Essential Training, author Simon Allardice demonstrates the full feature set in SharePoint 2010 and the necessary skills to be a SharePoint site administrator. The course shows how to use SharePoint, create sites and site collections, and plan and design sites and portals. It also covers Office integration, security and permissions, and advanced features such as document management and business intelligence.
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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