Sunday, February 10, 2008

Step #1: Set up Gmail

Let's back this truck up!

Okay, I told you I would give you step-by-step instructions, and I've already failed. The very first thing I did was set up a Gmail account.

Set the Gmail account up first, because you can use it to login to your Blogger account, they're both owned by Google. For this project I'm going to use a fresh Gmail account. My Gmail address is JasonTweed(at)Gmail.com so I encourage you to e-mail me, but please don't spam me.

Just so you know, publishing your e-mail address on any blog is one of the fastest ways for robots to grab you for spam. You probably noticed I replaced the @ with (at). This helps a little bit, but very little. Only the stupidest robots can't figure this out. Fortunately, most of the stupidest spammers employ the stupidest robots. I'll talk about other techniques later for spam prevention.

For me this is a disposable e-mail address, so if I get spammed too much, I'll throw it away. Gmail does have a pretty good spam filter.

When you sign up for Gmail one of the other benefits is that you automatically establish a Google account. A Google account is very important in the long run. I'll tell you more about that later. Even if you use your own e-mail address, your own domain name, and a completely different blog software, you're still going to need a Google account down the road. My opinion; get it out of the way now.

You are all welcome to email me at my Gmail address, however, if you have a question there are probably others who have the same question, so please leave a comment in the blog.

I was going to show you step-by-step how to set up a Gmail account, but let's suffice to say if you can't sign up for Gmail, you should probably stop reading this blog now.

Sign up for Gmail at www.Gmail.com.
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