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#Walkmyworld works best when you help make our world. If you are ready to move beyond Twitter we suggest you try blogging. You basically need a space where you own your content and then push this content out on social media channels such as Twitter,

This allows us to share and curate your walks using a process called RSS (really simple syndication or Rich Site Summary...depending on who you ask). 

There are three parts in this tutorial. If you need more help Greg McVerry will offer 1-1 support. Just leave a comment below or connect with him on Twitter.

  1. Decide if you will use an existing blog or create a new #walkmyworld blog
  2. Connect your your blog to #walkmyworld
  3. Review the rules on how to blog (Hint: The first rule is there are no rules)

If you do not already have a blog the first step is  to choose a platform. This makes blogging really easy as everything you write will be about #walkmyworld.

This tutorial is designed for those who want to have their blog hosted for free online. If you want to self-host your own blog (a more advanced but really easy process) we recommend reclaimhosting.com.

Step One: Choose a platform

  • WordPress.com a hosted version of the most popular blogging platform. You get a good selection of themes and features (but not quite as many options as hosting your own blog).
  • Blogger is Google’s hosted platform, so is fully integrated with your Google account and other tools. Blogger offers a wide range of themes and features to customize your blog.
  • tumblr is less thought of as a blogging platform, and is often more focused on media, but offers everything you need to write and organize your content, and its interface for writing is the least complex. Like WordPress and blogger, tumblr offers a range of themes to choose from. It takes a little more digging to find features for creating pages and enabling comments.

Step Two: Choose a url address

Be creative but logical. You may find It may take a few attempts to choose a blog url that is not already used. I would suggest avoiding ones that include a specific year in it or walkmyworld (e.g. walkmyworld2015.wordpress.com) — what if you really like using this site and what to blog beyond #walkmyworld? What if you want to use the blog in 5 years?

Next choose a title. The title is where it will be listed on your blog site. For example the url may be mywalkmyworld.blogspot.com but the title of the blog could be My Journey, Our Walk. The title is how other people cite your blog. So be creative. Stay away from using your class number (GregsENG524) or walkmyworld (mywalkmyworldblog). Its just boring. Your blog title is the front door to your digital space. Make it inviting.

Step Three: Go to the form below and tell us about your new blog

Step Four: Write your first post

Now write a post. Publish. You may want to complete the first #walk or explain your why. Why are you here? Why do you want to take a #walk with #walkmyworld? What do you hope to gain?

Step Five: Spread your post

Now head to your favorite social network (Facebook, Google+, Twitter etc) and share the url to your post. 


Great. Except we are only interested in the posts you write about #walkmyworld. In other words we only want to syndicate your posts about #walkmyworld. We will catch up on all your other great writing another time.

You need to understand how to use categories, tags, or labels. This identifies a post as being about #walkmyworld. Wordpress uses categories. Blogger uses labels. Tumblr uses tags.

Wordpress

If you are using a wordpress blog you will use a category. Create a category called walkmyworld. Then when you publish a post for #walkmyworld assign the category.

Blogger

If you are using blogger you will use a label. When you publish a post assign the label walkmyworld

Tumblr

If you are using tumblr you will  use a tag. Use the tag walkmyworld.

Edublogs

If you are using edublogs you will use a category.

How to Connect Your Blog

We will be using an RSS feed to connect everyone's blog. After reading these instructions you will be linked to a form to collect information about your blog. RSS works. 

Technically RSS is a type of file your browser can read. A virtual database containing all of your posts. Each entry includes a title (title of your blog post), the date it was published, a link to the single post, and then the HTML for all of the post’s content. 

Important: before you can figure out your RSS feed you must publish one post to the category /tag/label walkmyworld. This way if you can't figure out your RSS feed (no worries if you can't) Greg will be able to by visiting your blog.

Step One: Review the basics of blog and rss feed url

If you know this stuff skip ahead. Though a little review never hurt.

It is important you understand the URL of your blog. 

The main URL for your blog will look like this:

Wordpress:  http://myblog.wordpress.com

Blogger: http://myblog.blogspot.com

Tumblr: http://myblog.tumblr.com

Edublogs: http://myblog.edublogs.org

It is important you understand the URL of a specific post.

The url for a specific post will usually look like this:

Self hosted Wordpress:       http://myblog.com/myfrontdoor

Wordpress:                        https://myblog.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/myfrontdoor

Blogger:                             http://myblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/01/myfrontdoor

Edublogs:                           http://myblog.edublogs.org/201501/01/myfrontdoor

It is important you understand how to share just your specific feed.

You can organize your posts into groups. You use categories, labels, and tags to accomplish this goal. This can then be turned into a feed that our RSS readers can scoop up.

The RSS feed is really just another URL address. The big difference is a word or two was added. This is usually "feed(s)" or "rss"

 Wordpress:                         Most Wordpress blog feeds are found just by attaching /feed to the url  

                         http://myblog.wordpress.com/category/walkmyworld/feed

Blogger:                                The RSS Feed address will look like

                                                    http://myblog.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default/-/walkmyworld

Tumblr:                                The RSS Feed will look like 

                           http:/myblog.tumblr.com/tagged/walkmyworld/rss

Edublogs:                            The RSS Feed will look lie

                                                      http://myblog.edublogs.org/category/walkmyworld/feed

Step Two: Write a post

Go complete your first post about #walkmyworld. Tell us why you are here. When you publish the post make sure to assign walkmyworld as a category, label or tag.

Step Three: Determine your RSS Feed URL.

Method One: Cut and Paste- Copy the url from above and cut and paste in your blog url. 

Method Two: Visit your blog- Once your post is published (with a category/tag/label) you can visit that post and click on the category/tag/label. Then look at the URL. Make it match the rss feed addresses above.

Method Three: In method one or two do not work Contact Greg. He will help.


Step Four: Share the URL to your RSS feed

Go to the form below. If you have any questions on how to proceed leave a comment for Greg below or find him on Twitter.

Complete this Form

Connect Your Blog to #Walkmyworld


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