Information Sharing with Blogs and SharePoint 2010 - dummies

Information Sharing with Blogs and SharePoint 2010

To create a blog in SharePoint, you create a new site/subsite. Take the time to consider where this blog will be located in your site hierarchy.

Blogs are intended to be mainly one-way communication: An individual or group with an opinion or expertise creates posts that others read and subscribe to. Granted, readers can comment on the posts, but the blog posts themselves aren’t collaborative. You’ll often see executives in an organization maintaining blogs to communicate to employees, or IT departments creating a blog with helpful posts that address FAQs.

Although you can change permissions at any level, it may make more sense to have your President’s blog away from the root site of your SharePoint intranet (and open to all users of the site hierarchy), but perhaps your Manager’s blog should be created as a subsite of your team site (so that permissions can be inherited from the team site).


To create a blog site:

  1. Navigate to the Create page by choosing Site Actions→New Site.

    The Type browser displays.

  2. Scroll until you see the Blog icon and click it.

  3. Type a name and a URL for the site in the Name and URL fields, respectively.

    If you click the More Options button, you can enter a blog description and manage permissions and navigation here as well (although you don’t have to). If you’re experimenting with a blog site, you can leave the defaults and change them later.

  4. Click the Create button.

    You see a message that SharePoint is working and then your new blog displays.

  5. Click the Create a Post button to add a new entry to your blog.

    The home page of the blog site shows a Welcome to Your Blog default post, a list of Blog tools for posting, a Content Editor Web Part dubbed About This Blog with text and a placeholder image, and a Links list.

    The site content includes a Photos picture library as well as lists called Categories, Comments, Links, and Posts.

Creating a blog post and commenting on a post are pretty straightforward. A user with permissions to post can click the Create a Post link under Blog Tools and type or copy their post using a text editor (which is similar to the text editor for discussion boards).

The dialog box also allows for adding one or more category labels to the posts. By default, the site is configured so that the post must be approved before appearing to the users of the site.

Comments (if any) are displayed below the blog post to which they apply. The Comments link and the Add Comment field allow users to comment on a post by titling their comment (optional) and adding body text. The Comments link also shows the current number of comments. Other icons allow you to create a permanent hyperlink to the post and/or e-mail a hyperlink to the post.

Other features of the Blog Site template are predefined links on the Quick Launch menu for post categories, making it easy to see a filtered list of posts in one category.