Ok………. so I have done things a little backwards and finally sorted out the look of my blog’s appearance. When I say appearance I’m talking in terms of the options that Edublog allows you to select once you have made a choice in the available themes (basic template of main page)
Included in my options are also widgets, menus, premium themes, back ground, present background, header and cutline options ( which can all be found under the appearance header in the left column) but I will only be discussing the options that I used to complete my appearance.
Firstly I chose to use the Chris Pearson’s theme that is the basic appearance of my blog page. I chose to use his template because it reminded me of the appearance that I once used in a previous blog that I really liked, particularly because it allows you to have a nice bright picture splashed across the top of your page and also allows you to have side columns which display’s options down both sides of your page.
Chris Pearson’s theme inspired my choice of header which added visual stimulation to my blog because it is so large and catching. My inspiration to using this header is drawn from my favorite passion in the whole wide world and that is surfing. In the picture you will see a lot of people forming a large circle holding hands in the air and all sitting on either a surfboard or a bodyboard. In this instance surfers do this because they are celebrating something, it could be a wedding, someone achieving something or maybe even a death in the surfing community. I like this because in actual fact a lot of these people in the ocean celebrating could be complete strangers bonded together because of a shared passion, a belief and/or a relationship that they all carry.
A lot of people can relate to this in all aspects of life, including the belief of one education and how when people can come together with a shared passion we can achieve greatness.
I also then looked at my available widgets by clicking on the widget heading. This gave me a list of widgets that I could drag and drop into either side bar 1 or side bar 2. Widgets are free to either delete or add to at any stage. The widgets I chose to use are relevant to my blog at this point in time.
Adding a background to my main feature was a simple choice. I decided to play a little more on the water imagery that I chose to use for my header by selecting a water drop image that I googled and saved to my documents on my computer. By selecting background, the page then navigated to another option where I could upload my saved image by selecting the browse option, find my picture and then select the upload option. After a few moments this it gave me another option on imagery placement where I could adjust the final image if needed.
Reference: wikipedia online dictonary 2001, widgets and how they work: sourced 8th August 2011 <www.wikipedia.org>