Posterous

Today, I helped Phil Rowland set up a blog to use primarily with his BTEC Sport class. We’d previously set one up via Edublogs, but it didn’t really get off the ground.

The blog platform I introduced to Phil was Posterous. I chose Posterous because it’s so easy to use. Here’s what you do:

  1. Email [email protected] from any email account of your choosing. The subject of your email is the title of your first post and the body of the email the content of the post.
  2. Posterous emails back asking you to click on a link to validate your blog. You are then logged-in and ready to setup your username (giving you username.posterous.com) and password.
  3. Further emails from the account you used to Posterous add more post to your new blog. Attachments are dealt with in an intelligent way: for example a YouTube video link automatically embeds that video in the blog post. It does similarly great things with Word documents, Powerpoint files, MP3s, etc.
  4. You can configure your profile by logging into Posterous – avatar, details about yourself, and link to other accounts you’ve got online – Flickr, Twitter, and more!

Phil’s still playing about with and getting used to his new blog – you can visit it at: http://mrrowland.posterous.com. I’m sure he’d appreciate a comment or two. :-)

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4 Responses to “Posterous”

  1.   Derek Says:

    what a great resource. thanks so much for sharing.

  2.   Elona Hartjes Says:

    Doug,
    I really love the KISS principle of posterous.com . It’s a good way for someone to get started blogging.

  3.   kmcgraw Says:

    Any ideas why the edublogs site didn’t get off the ground, but the posterous site has been more successful? Do you mean that posterous is easier for teachers to use, or for students to access and navigate?

  4.   Doug Belshaw Says:

    I think that setting it up by email was a big step as Posterous walks you through the process. It’s also very easy to customise, etc. Overall, edublogs is more powerful, but posterous is much easier to get started with!

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