Digital communication technologies/Using DCTs/Blogs

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Blog etiquette

Like email, blogs have their own set of conventions and etiquette:

  • Always respect copyright and intellectual property laws and regulations. Never copy someone else's blog comments and claim them as your own.
    If you wish to use another person's comments either seek their approval or reference your source and original author.
  • Think before you blog. Since blogs are public access, you must seriously consider your comments before posting them to avoid having comments on there that you may regret latter.
    Blogs can have an option of restricted access so keep that in mind when creating your blog.
  • Don't be abusive. Due to the public nature of blogs, this does lead to the likelihood of disagreement on topics. If you find a comment that makes you angry, avoid making comments that will incite comments of the abusive nature.
    Discussion is encouraged on blogs as long as the discussion is appropriate and not abusive. If you feel the need to critisise an opinion, ensure your comments are relevant to the opinion only and not the person voicing the opinion.
  • Stick to the topic. When commenting on blogs ensure your comments are relevant to the blog post. If you think your comment may not be relevant start a new post.
  • Don't respond to blog trolls. A troll is a person who repeatedly posts messages on blogs that are not relevant to the topic. Avoid responding to these posts as this simply encourages the person's actions.

Creating a blog using Weebly

Weebly is a fast and easy free online website and blog builder. Check out CLC Tips & Tricks for an example of a fully functioning blog using

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Now we'll look at how to create a free blog with Weebly:
  1. First you need to sign up to


    Note: you will need an email account before signing up with most sites such as
  2. Enter a user name, password and your email address.
  3. Check the Terms of Service and then click Sign Up
  4. The First steps page provides a useful guide for getting started with weebly.
  5. Once you have completed the first steps you will be ready to choose a theme for your new blog.
  6. When you have chosen a theme, edit your blog's header.
  7. Now you're ready to create your first blog page.

Well done! You have succesfully created your new blog.


Extra resources

Please note: the following links will open in a new window/tab. When you have finished, simply close the window/tab and you'll return to this page.

  • For instructions on how to edit and add blog posts check out Blogs & Forums
  • More tips on creating a Weebly web page and blog - Weebly Beginner's Guide