Blogging

Create Your Class Blog

A blog is one of many places in the digital world where you can share your ideas. For this course, we’ll post a weekly reading response in the form of a blog post and then read and respond to two of your classmates’ reading responses every week. We’ll talk more about this in class. Below are instructions for creating your own blog.

Keep in mind that blogs are public or semi-private sites (depending on your settings), so be careful of the image of yourself that you are creating—at the very least, keep it PG.  I’d also recommend that you avoid using your full name in the title of your blog or for the blog address (because this will be your URL–you’ll be very findable online.) Here are my directions, but I would also suggest visiting the WordPress Support page here as WordPress is constantly updating and revising their site to make it more user-friendly.

1. Go to http://www.wordpress.com.

2. Follow their directions for a new (free) wordpress account and blog.

3. Enter a username and password. NOTE: WRITE THIS DOWN SOMEWHERE YOU WON’T LOSE IT!!!! (Once a semester, someone can’t remember how to access his/her blog, and he/she has to start over.) This is one of the first things the readers of your blog will encounter and it reflects who you are as a person; what do you want people to think you are like?

4. Complete the signup page then click on “Next” or “Gimme a blog!”

5. Now look under “Your Blogs” in the blue menu on the left and click on your blog’s name.

6. Find “Settings” in the menus on the left (it should be the last button). Click on this. This will open the “General Settings” page.

5. Create a blog title. This can be anything you want, but it should probably be short. You can always change this later, but the title is what people will see immediately when they come to your blog. Think about creating a title that describes who you are and what you like/what you do. Again, what do you want people to think of you?

6. Create a tagline that describes your blog. Try to think of something catchy.

7. Leave everything else set up as it is. Scroll down and click on the blue “Save Changes” button.
8. Now that you’ve got a blog, email me your blog address (the URL at the top of the page)  with your first name in the subject line of your email. Look in the URL bar at the top of your screen—you should see your blog address (hint—it should look like this: http://myblogdomain.wordpress.com.) Send it to me via email RIGHT now fulwilem_at_ strose.edu. If you don’t receive an email back from me confirming I’ve received it, then that means I didn’t get it!

9. Go to the “Dashboard” (at the left) and click on “Appearance.” Click on “Free” in the upper right corner to narrow your search down to free themes. Here, you’ll be able to test out a number of blog templates that suit your own personal style and drag and drop “Widgets” (useful tools) into your blog’s sidebar.  Play around with the different templates to see which one you like the most (you can always change these later).

10. Finally, return to the home page and read the blog post about settings and writing your first blog post. Be sure to hit “publish” when you’re done and check your blog to make sure it saved and posted.

11. Don’t forget that in order to access your own “dashboard” (the place from where you write, edit, and post) you always need to first LOG IN at wordpress.com.

12. Questions? Here is the WordPress Support link!

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