The ECPN blog is run through blogger.com.
Youtube.com is a great source for how-to videos of blogging.
From the basics of setting up a blogger account and writing a post, an example of adding pictures from the internet see this tutorial.
There are also youtube videos about adding youtube videos to a blog
Blogger provides a comprehensive help section as well.
Now we've covered the basics and the how-to, I would like to open a discussion about what makes a blog interesting and fun to read.
- Write about what you know: I think this is most important, and if you have a specialized knowledge of something in conservation you would like to share, that's great. People will love to hear about it. Blogs are written by people, not corporations, and people want to know what YOU think.
- Be honest, share your opinions, offer hints and advice, write a review about:books, articles, workshops, museums, websites, other blogs . The best blog posts are discussions that offer information, lots of links to sources for more information, and ask a questions to start a dialogue between the blogger and the reader.
- Link as much as you can, let the reader decide what information they can follow. This tutorial can help you to add links in your posts.
- Add photos and video if you can. There may be rules and regulations depending on your museum, and we hope to address those issues in future posts. I did find a number of photos of the Lunder Conservation Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum online, and with Creative Commons I can use the photos if they are attributed correctly and not used for profit.
- The information I used for this post I found on this site, and this one. But a simple search for "How to write a blog post" will give you many other sites.
- But to really begin you need to understand and become part of the blogosphere by reading and becoming actively engaged with other bloggers.
- Here is my conservation blog and a few other blogs I read and enjoy. You can read them, post comments, link to them, and join in the conversation on the ECPN blog