Posted on August 25, 2008
Get started with blogging, stress-free
So you have not started blogging yet, but now, you want to. Good for you!
Journalism educators: Would you like to add blogging to your classes? Don’t waste time talking to the IT department. Just do it! Here’s how:
- Go to WordPress.com.
- Click the big green blue button (sign up and create a new blog).
- Look at your Dashboard (everything happens here). Look at the top, where the buttons are: Write, Manage, Design, etc.
- Far right-hand side: Settings. (Give your blog a Title and a Tagline.)
- Top left: Write Manage Design > Themes (change your Theme). You can change it again at any time.
- Top left: Write (Write Post) > Write a Title, write a Post (main body) ; create a link; add an image (there are little buttons that allow you to do these things; look for the words Add Media).
- Delete the “Hello, World!” post: Manage > check the box to the left of the post title, then click Delete button, top left.
- Modify the blog’s Sidebar: Design > Widgets (drag and drop items from left side to right side, e.g., Links or Archives).
- Modify your Blogroll and other links: Manage > Links (add new); Name = text of link; Web Address = URL for link (the Link categories determine which header is seen in the Sidebar; the default is “Blogroll”).
Time needed in a lab, with undergraduates: About 2 hours, hands-on.
Update: I prefer to have the students set up their own individual blogs because then each student is responsible for his or her blog. If someone asks me to address an issue on my student’s blog, I tell that person to contact the student directly. I’m no baby-sitter.