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As a reminder, Blogger is a very popular blogging service that is provided by Google. It is probably the easiest to use, but offers the least flexibility. There should also be concerns about the ease of student access to questionable content. If you decide to select to create an account with Bloggerand use Blogger for your blog, here are some resources that may help you in that process. Note that some of these videos provide advanced options that may be of interest to you later in the course, but aren't necessary for you to do at this stage of your blogging journey.

Take a Tour - This is a web-based tour of blogging in general and the use of Blogger.

How to Create a Blog on Blogger- A YouTube video that shows you how to create a Blogger account and then create your first post.

Adding a Static Page to your Blog - A YouTube video that shows you how to add pages to your blog. Pages are different than entries because they will always appear in the navigation bar (most people think of them as the static part of your blog or like having a website built into your blog).

Adjusting your Blogger Privacy Settings - A YouTube video that shows you how to change the privacy settings for your blog. This is useful if you don't want your blog to be seen beyond your class or if you don't want people to be able to find your students' blogs.

How to Add a Youtube Video to your Blog - A YouTube video that shows you how to embed a YouTube video into a blog entry.

How to Remove Labels from your Blogger Blog - A YouTube video that shows you a quick way to change or remove the labels that you have added to your blog entries (note that labels are Blogger's term for "tags").

Uploading a Custom Header Image for your Blog - A YouTube video that shows you how to change the template image at the top of your blog to an image of your own. This is a way to personalize one of the standard Blogger templates.

Uploading your own Background Image to your Blog - A YouTube video that shows you how to change the template image in the background of your blog to an image of your own. This is another way to personalize one of the standard Blogger templates.

Updating your Blog to a Three-Column Layout - A YouTube video that shows you how to change the look of your blog from two columns to three columns. This is yet another way to personalize one of the standard Blogger templates.

Enabling Mobile Templates for your Blog - A YouTube video that shows you how to allow your mobile to be view in a mobile format.

Note that all of these resources were provided by Google (and there are additional videos provided at BloggerHelp). There are likely additional resources that can be found on the web and instructional videos that can be found on YouTube. If there is something you'd like to be able to do with your blog that isn't described in any of these videos, I would suggest conducting both a YouTube search and a general web search to see if someone has already created a how to video or guide.

Once you have created your blog, post your first entry or post. This first entry should tell me and your fellow MOOC participants a little about yourself and why you enrolled in this MOOC.

The last thing you should do is to add the blog address you have chosen for your Twitter account into the "list of participants".