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Create a Blog!

Sam Hughes Elementary School PTA volunteers can create an easy to use Blog Web Site for your class or group.  Modify it any way you like.  Follow the instructions below to get started.

At the very bottom of this page is a "Print page" link.  Use it to create a nicely formatted printout.


What’s a Blog?

The word “Blog” is a noun and is short for “Web Log”. A blog is analogous to a newspaper. A newspaper contains a series of articles and each article has a title. A single blog “Post” is one article.  Blog is also a verb, as in "Look, a dancing penguin!  I'll be blogging about that."

First, you’ll need a Google account (easy):

Getting a Google Account

There are two types of Google accounts:

1. Just a plain account that uses your current e-mail address:
<https://www.google.com/accounts/NewAccount>

2. A google account that also gives you a GMail address:
<https://mail.google.com/mail/signup>

Since you've already got an e-mail address we recommend "1".

When your account is set up, e-mail the address associated with your Google Account to pta@samhugheselementary.org with the name of your group and a PTA volunteer will set up your blog for you.



How do I log in to Google so I can edit my blog?

If you do not have a Google account, follow the directions above. After you've e-mailed the PTA at the address above, you'll receive a link to your new blog in e-mail.  But you can’t edit it yet.  First you have to log in.
  1. Visit the link to your blog in your browser (IE, FireFox, Chrome, Safari, etc.)  We e-mailed you this link.
  2. Bookmark this page in your browser.  Use this bookmark when you want to edit your blog.
  3. On the left side of your blog, in the side-bar, is a “Login” link. Click it.
  4. Enter your username and password and push "Sign in".
  5. After you are successfully logged in, push the blue "Sites" link at the very bottom of the page.  You may have to scroll down.  Your web site WILL NOT appear in the Google Sites list.  You must visit the link per the next step.  (I have no idea why Google does it this way.)
  6. Visit the link at the bookmark you created in step (2).
  7. If the Google login worked you should see a white bar at the top of your browser window that looks something like the image below. Your login e-mail address should be displayed in bold at the top.  If not, follow the directions below.

(Scroll up in your browser window.  You should see something like this at the top.)

If you do NOT see this across the top of your web page...

If you do NOT see this across the top of your web page, your browser is confused. This happens most often in Windows Internet Explorer, but can happen in other browsers too.   There are a few things you can try:

  • Try to reload or refresh the web page. If that worked, you’re done!
  • Try this:
    1. Return to the Login page and confirm that you are logged in.
    2. Push the "Sites" link near the bottom.
    3. Return to your site by selecting the Favorites or Bookmark you previously created for it.
    4. If that worked, your'e done!
  • Otherwise, in your browser’s preferences there will be buttons to perform these tasks:
    1. Flush All Cookies.
    2. Delete All Temporary Files.
    3. Restart your computer.
    4. When your computer has restarted, repeat steps 1 through 4 above.
Why does this happen? When you log in to Google lots of cookies are created on your system to track you your progress through Google-land. This is normally fine. But if someone logs in to your system with a different Google account before you, Google gets confused because some old cookies and temporary files are left behind. Unfortunately there’s nothing we can do about this other than the steps above.


How do I edit my blog?

To edit your blog you'll have to be logged in to your Google Account.  There are directions for that above.

The main page of your blog site will contain ALL of the blog posts in a big list. But since you haven’t created a blog post, you won’t see anything right away. You need to create an post first. 



1. To create a new post, push the “New post” button:



2. A new page for one new blog post will be created. Notice at the top-top of the page that there are “Save” and “Cancel” buttons and a formatting toolbar just below.


If you don’t see this, push “Edit page”, also at the top. After you push “Edit page” it will change to “Save” and “Cancel” as above.



3. Here’s the content of your empty blog post:


Replace the text “Untitled Post” with the title you want for your post. And just below it, give your post some content. Content can be as long or as short as you want.

Sometimes you’ll have a Word document or a PDF on your hard drive that you want to add to a blog post. To do this, push “Attachments” at the bottom. Depending on whether you’re running Windows or Mac, there will be a “Browse” or “Select File” button that you can use to choose a file on your hard drive.

4. When you’re satisfied with your blog post, push “Save” at the top.


5. You’re done! You can return to your main blog page and create new posts, or just quit your browser. Blog posts can be edited later. And you’ll probably want to create new blog posts for new topics!

Have fun!


How do I print this page?

At the very bottom of this page is a "Print page" link.  It'll present you with a page that looks just like this one, but without a side-bar and header.  After it comes up, select "Print" from your "File" menu.

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