How to Write a Story on Googleby Jacqueline Hills
If you've got a tale to tell, Google has a few free easy-to-use products to help you publish your work to the world or just share it with a few friends. Whether you want to tell your story through a book, a journal, a website or even just through shared Microsoft Office documents, Google has a product to help you.
In order to use any Google product, you must have a Google apps account. Go to Google Accounts (see Resources below) and click the "Create an Account Now" link. Complete the required fields on the screen. Once you have created your Google account, you can use the same account with all Google products. If you already use Google's gmail, your Google email address and password are your Google account address and password. There's no need to create an additional signon.
Google will send you a verification email to the address you specified. Follow the instructions in the email to verify your Google account.
Choose which Google product you'd like to use to tell your story, and go to that product's homepage. Google Blogger (see Resources below) lets you write and post your thoughts and opinions in a journal entry or diary format. It also has an online book template where you can write chapters if you have a larger project in mind. Google Sites (see Resources below) lets you build your own website for your stories, news reports and articles and offers other features like a calendar, links page and contact lists. Both Blogger and Google Sites index your work, so it is available to search engines. If you need something less elaborate, Google Docs (see Resources below) can give you a place to store your Microsoft Office documents where others can access them. Google Docs is a great way to collaborate with friends and co-workers on documents.
Each Google product has a video tutorial, a quick tour and a Features section. Watch the tutorial on the homepage for an overview of the site. Then take the tour and view the Features section for more detailed instructions.
Sign on to the site with your Google account and password.
Follow the steps inside the product to start your blog, create your website or upload your documents. If you need specific help, Google provides a comprehensive help link on its product pages.