#3 Set up your own blog, add your first post, & register your blog

Now that you’ve done some exploring around this website and understand how this program will work, it’s time to set up your very own personal blog to begin recording your thoughts, discoveries and exercises. For this program, we recommend that you use Blogger* or WordPress*, popular free online blog hosting services that are easy to use.

For Blogger instructions

For WordPress instructions

* Using Blogger or WordPress are only recommendations. If there is another blog hosting site that you are more comfortable with, please feel free to use it.


  1. Watch Blogs in Plain English a little (2:58 min.) video by Common Craft.
  2. Setup a blog for yourself.
  3. Add a test post or two.
  4. You will be creating a post for each of the ’23 Things’. Please clearly label each entry in your blog by titling each post with the week number and thing to which it refers. For example: Week 1, Thing 1: About This Program, Week 1, Thing 2: Pointers from Lifelong Learners. Each of your posts should provide insights into what you’ve discovered and learned. Feel free to share what worked for you … and what didn’t … what surprised you … what frustrated you … what amazed you.

Register your Blog:

Register your blog by sending an email with your blog’s URL to mara.siegel@state.vt.us. I will add your blog to Vermont’s 23 Things Participant Blogs page. That way everyone can share what they are learning and ask each other questions. You will also want to register your blog if you want to receive credit for certification. Your personal information will not be published anywhere on this site.

IMPORTANT NOTE: How you choose to identity yourself on your blog is up to you. You can blog under a screen name, anonymously, or with your real name.

19 responses to “

  1. I’m not knocking blogs, but the idea that all those bloggers think someone cares to read their every musing seems narcissistic to me.
    The role of the 23 Things Curmudgeon will be played by Teresa…

  2. It might be especially handy for those of you who would like/might like/fully intend to post to the VLA site to get a WordPress blog. The new VLA site is in WordPress and it would give you the opportunity to play and practice without having to worry about messing up, then you’ll be a pro by the time you want to post and event, report on an event, or what have you.

  3. I added a poll to my blog, what the heck. Feel free to vote! It’s about iced tea, of course.

  4. Thanks for the VLA tip! Just working on becoming adept…

  5. I am just learning so bear with me…please.

  6. Thanks, Teresa, it’s a relief to know that I don’t have to be the curmudgeon — though if you need any help… 😉 I want to be more comfortable with these technologies, but since I’ve been behind on the reading throughout my library career, I’m skeptical about how reading other people’s unedited blog ramblings is going to help me be more efficient. But, here I am! Anything to postpone doing ILLs…

  7. Hi. I just signed on and I’m not sure if I’m doing this correctly. Anyway, blogging is a great way to format your library website. You can blog the schedule of events, new books, etc. It doesn’t have to be idle ramblings!

  8. Well, Teresa, just think how delighted all these bloggers families and friends will be, now that they/we have a new outlet for narcissistic musings. Perhaps there will be a statewide sigh of relief. Plus, one can never predict when a sympathetic chord will be struck. Personally, I welcomed the opportunity to think about iced tea and, by extension, summer, in the middle of yet another snowstorm.

  9. Hi Mara:
    I just went through the learning contract. Let’s hope I do better this time. but I must say, how do you know what you’re going to learn until you learn it?

  10. Well, I created my blog and have little to say. I do like fooling around with the bells and whistles. I’ll try more next time.

  11. Nancy,
    I do hope that when you feel less shy, you’ll send me your blog address so I can add it to the Participant Blogs page 😉

  12. Hello, all! I think I’ve finally figured out the procedure for 23 things! I’ve been wandering around for a while experimenting, and at long last I have discovered there is a 1-2-3 order to this project. I don’t know how I missed it. Anyway, forgive me for submitting photos on Flickr before I made any blog entries – I’m pretty sure I’m with the program now – I hope! Fun, fun, fun!

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  14. theyouthlibrary

    YAY! Is this where I tell you I’ve officially started late, Mara?

  15. ok, so I set up the blog. Im a little confused, will it all come together for me?

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  18. Question – we can find each others blogs via the participants pages but how do you go about find blogs in general?

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