Add labels to your writing, these are keyword tags that explain what is in it. This post has the labels: writing, blogging, Blogger, literacy, tips, edublog, quadblog. These are used as keywords by search engines, they will make your work easier to find online by people looking for something on the topic you are writing on.
Top 'Copying' Tips:
- Don't use images without permission (be careful with Google image search), unless they are Creative Commons licensed
- Link back to the original work
- You're fine embedding videos from Youtube etc
- You can't copy large chunks of text, but you can quote small snippets if you link to the original
- If unsure, just use a hyperlink to the resource you want to use.
- Try not to use your full name online.
- Don't use your full name alongside videos or pictures of you or your friends.
- Don't put personal identifiable information online, e.g. your address or phone numbers.
- If you see something inappropriate, don't worry, stop and tell your parent, teacher or other adult.
- Don't put your email address online for others to see, if nothing else you will end up with a stream of junk 'spam' mail.
- Before you hit publish, stop and read through your writing. Are you happy with it? Is it all appropriate? Would you be happy for you Mum to read it? What about someone interviewing you for a job in 10 years time?! Once it's online it is there forever. Don't let that worry you, good writing makes you look good, you could use this blog as evidence in a few years time when you apply to College!
A few useful buttons:
Link allows you to add a hyperlink. Select some text and then click it. In the menu that pops up you can add the web address that you want to link to. I tend to tick the box that says 'open the link in a new window' so that they don't lose your original page.
Next up is video, pretty self explanatory, it works much like the image menu. As Blogger is owned by Google, embedding Youtube videos is very easy.
Three from the end is the quotes icon, this is good to use when you're copying some text from elsewhere. For example:
Blogger is a blog-publishing service that allows private or multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. It was created by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003. Generally, the blogs are hosted by Google at a subdomain of blogspot.com.
from Wikipedia.Lots of websites these days will let you embed their wares on other sites, Youtube is most famous for this but many sites have this feature. If you need to copy in some embed code then switch to HTML mode from the menu, paste in the code, and switch back.
Have you got any tips to share? We'd love to hear them - please leave us a message in the comments.