Thursday, May 11, 2006

Start an LGO blog

When one person writes a blog like this, the LGO will tremble but when hundreds write a blog like this, the LGO will crumble.

Derived from the words of Spartacus.

If you have suffered injustice at the hands of the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) please put a summary of your case into a blog. It is very easy believe me. Once you have done that let me have your url (blog address) and I will link to your blog. The more evidence we can put in the public domain the better. I am sure the Ombudsmanwatch website will also link to your blog bringing your story to an even wider audience.

Firstly, to start a blog all you need is an e-mail address. You don't even need to own a computer to write a blog, all you need is access to a computer that can connect to the internet. This service is available at most local Libraries. I don't have internet access at home yet I manage. I just use a friends computer and broadband connection.

If you haven’t got an e-mail address you can obtain one online or even use your friends. once you have an e-mail address you are ready to start.

Look at the bar across the top of this blog. You will see a 'get your own blog' link. Click on this link and you will be taken to an introductory page.

From this page you can access quite a lot of information about blogs, when you are ready all you have to do is click on create an account. This is where your e-mail address comes in. They need to verify your account by sending you an e-mail. You will also need to think of a password, you don't want unauthorised people changing your blog.

Think of a title and description for your blog and decide which template you want to use for your blog. The choice is quite wide but it is easier and quicker just to accept the default choice. You can always change it later if you want.

Once you have decided on a template you are ready to post to your blog. Don't forget you can post as often or as infrequently as you wish.

Many people will just want to post their story as a single posting others may want to add information at a regular interval. This blog is an example of a continually updated blog. Remember at any time you can edit any posting you make, adding to it or even deleting it if necessary.

Try entering a short post for practice and play with the editor until you get use to all the functions. The main thing to remember is that every time you make any changes you must publish your blog otherwise your changes will not be saved. In addition when you view your blog make sure that you keep refreshing your browser, otherwise you get the computer cache copy which will still be holding the previous copy of your blog.

Best of luck with your blog and please feel free to ask for help, Trevor.

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