Start your own blog
A blog (a contraction of the term "weblog") is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.
Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (artlog), photographs (photoblog), sketches (sketchblog), videos (vlog), music (MP3 blog), and audio (podcasting). Micro-blogging is another type of blogging, featuring very short posts.)
To write a blog go to "Feed" in the mainmenu. Then you click on "Blog" in the submenu. In the side column of your personal blog home page is a box called "Add New Post". You can open the box by clicking on the "+" and close it by clicking on the dot in the little circle. Type a title for your blog post into the text field and click on the >> button next to it.
On the following page you can enter your text for the blog. You can edit your text body with the little icons above the text box. If you want to change the title of the blog, you can type a different title into the title field. You can also up- or download a picture and add it to the blog. To insist a picture to your blog click on the "Attach media button". You will find the little icon on top of the text field. You can choose the different image sizes thumbnail, width300, or content width by clicking on the links.
Don't forget to save your text and changes by clicking on the "save" button.
To comment on a blog click on the title of the blog to open the blog. To add the comment, click on the little + in the circle in the "Add A Comment" box. Type your text into the text field and click on the "Add Comment" button.
What is a tag?
A tag is a keyword assigned to a piece of information, e.g. education would be one key word for a blog about schools. It helps describe an item and allows it to be found again by browsing or searching, which means if you would like your blog to be found easier by other awarenet members then it is a good method to add tags to your blog. A tag cloud describes all blogs that have been tagged on awarenet by using larger text sizes for frequently used key words and smaller text sizes for rarely used key words.
To add a tag to your blog click on your blog and click on the link  below it. You will find the button "Edit tags" below your text. By clicking on it you will see a little text field to type the tag before you click on the >> button. You can add as many tags as you like. They will appear under your blog and describe your blog in key words.
A tag cloud will appear next to your and all blogs which gives you an overview of all topics of all tagged blogs. A larger text size means that there are relatively more blogs about that specific topic. By clicking on a specific key word in the tag cloud you will see all blogs that were tagged with that key word.