Sunday, January 11, 2009

Blogs and How to Subscribe to the Blog

Many of you are new to blogs and blogging, so I thought I'd give you a little primer so you can see how easy it is.

A blog (a contraction of the term "Web log") is a website, usually maintained by an individual (sometimes a team) with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as photos, videos, lists, links, maps, and other interesting widgets (like the weather widget). Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. Blogging is the act of maintaining or adding content to a blog.

There are many ways to keep up with the Healthy Harvest blog. You can simply bookmark it in your browser (Internet Explorer, FireFox, etc.). You can also "Subscribe" to it by clicking on the link at the bottom that says Subscribe To: Posts (Atom), or the side bar Subscribe To: where you have a choice of Posts or All Comments. These should put a Healthy Harvest icon in your toolbar where you can see a drop down menu of the posts and also a link to open the entire website.

You can also sign up in the side bar as a Follower. The icons serve as links to the followers' blogs. This is particularly useful if you keep--or plan to start--your own blog, which I encourage you to do if you are interested. We have found it an excellent way of letting friends and families keep up with our homesteading adventures, and of making friends elsewhere with similar interests.

Google offers free blog space on its Blogger ( To get started on your own blog all you need to do is to register for a Google account (this is also free) and follow the instruction to set up your blog. Don't worry, there are templates so you don't have to be a graphic artist or a programmer! You can find the link in the blue Blogger bar at the very top of this website.

If you want to comment on a particular post, there's a link at the bottom of each post that says (So many) Healthy Harvesters said. The link opens a box where you can enter your public comment. For instance, if you have a question about subscribing after reading this post, using the comment link would be the appropriate place to start.

If you want to post something you think will be of interest to the group, or have a on online resource or book you'd like to add to the blog, just email us (the moderators, Sage & Rick). I believe you can do this by clicking on my profile link in the side bar and from there you will see a link that says email me.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the help.

    I set up a blog to show potential clients my Granicrete Countertops.

    Hopefully, I will have a wonderful gardening season and I can set up a blog just to show the progress of my garden and all my wonderful veggies.