Form and Function: a Blog?

I have talked to a few of you already about using a blog to organize your project for this course. In fact, Abbey has already set up a blog that will serve as the platform for presenting her project: check out the Judy Garland Blog.

There are a number of blog platforms, including Blogger, Tumblr, and Word Press. I’m going to offer you instructions for setting up a Word press blog here.

  • Go to the Word Press Get Started Page. You can also go directly to WordPress.com. You will be prompted to choose an address, user name and password. For the address, you may use the following convention (first initial + last name + course number or if you would like you may use a pseudonym (pen name, nom de plume, or alias).
  • Once you have registered the blog, you will need to configure your blog. Use the  Get Started page for a step-by-step guide.
  • Once you have set up your blog, you can Click on the “Dashboard” and add pages or posts. You can upload materials from the web or your desktop. You will need to learn the difference between pages (as opposed to posts) and widgets (such as a tag cloud or a list of links that you can use to customize your page and make it easier for a reader to navigate). If you would like to add images to your site or to postings, you will learn how simple this really is. The Word Press tutorials help. The eleventh tutorial, titled “Insider Tips,” is helpful. The “kitchen sink” icon in the post/page editor, to take one example, reveals formatting options, enabling you to create headings and indent text, or to use the “paste from word” button that will carry over formatting from a word document.

 

I will be happy to meet with you at any time if you have questions about the basic features of the WP platform. However the best way to learn how to use WP is to experiment. As you will see, changing the look and organizational structure of your blog is simple.

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