Friday, February 10, 2006

How to Start a Blog

This article by Diana Macalintal first appeared in Today’s Parish, vol. 38, no. 1, January 2006.

When the chancery offices of the Diocese of San José moved from a paper system to fully electronic communication, the liturgy office had already passed 10,000 visits to its blog, Work of the People (you’re reading it!). All of the services that make up this blog are free.

The blog template was created by going to blogger.com and signing up for a free account. Follow the simple instructions to begin blogging in minutes. The comments feature is provided by haloscan.com. Pictures are stored using photobucket.com, and the online calendar is manages through calendars.net.

Update: The liturgy office has just started using wikis—another kind of web site which allows for quick publication and for groups of people to edit the site (think of wikipedia.org). We’ve been using a wiki developed at pbwiki.com to keep track of all the catechumens, schedules, and seating charts for our diocese’s Rite of Election. Check it out at riteofelection.pbwiki.com.