Setting up Shop: Your Domain

At our first meeting we agreed that we would all use a web log (a blog) for the writing in the class. The blog will be ideal for the flow of our work during this summer session and wit ill allow us to share our writing before and following our class sessions.

When we meet next Thursday we will set up your domain using a WordPress (WP) installation. Before next Tuesday

  • request an account using this Google Form. You will then receive an e-mail with a link to create your subdomain on KSCopen
  • On Thursday, during class, I will guide you through a WP installation to create a subdirectory that will be your course blog

When we meet next week we will look at some examples. One example is a travel blog that I set up during a sabbatical year in India.

From the Far field travel blog

Another example is from a student in my Environmental Studies class, a biology major Mickayla Johnston, who created subdomain on with the web address (or URL)

She then created a subdirectory on the domain mickaylajohnston: a new URL The subdirectory in the URL is “enst363” although the blog title is “The River is Everywhere.”

Here is how this works: 1) Her subdomain name is mickaylajohnson; 2) the host of her domain is; and 3) her course blog is a subdirectory on her subdomain at It is called “enst363.”

As you play around with Word Press and learn the basics about this digital tool, we will have a  look at some of the materials on the KSC Open site as well as the KSC Open Terminology page. In addition, there is a useful tutorial on mapping a domain at The University of Mary Washington Domain of One’s Own site.

We will also begin talking about some of the issues with writing in the public domain, including audience and genre, privacy, agency and control, copyright and licensing. We will also play around in the open-source application you will be using in this course, WordPress.

Photo credits: Sanwal Deen and Fleur Treurniet

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