On the first day of class, you will set up your own blog to use this month for all of your Talking Points assignments, and to keep track of your thoughts about any of the issues we cover.
A blog is your very own, personal online journal. It is public, in that I and your classmates can read it and comment on it, but it is your space and you can control most everything about it.
To start your own blog, you will go to:
SET UP AN ACCOUNT:
The big orange box at the top right of the page will direct you to creating your own blog on a site called blogspot.com. Follow the instructions to open up a free account. Don't forget your Username and Password!! You will need them to login everytime. (If you already have a gmail/google account, then you don't need to create a new one.)
NAME YOUR BLOG:
As you fill in the info, you will be asked to name your blog. This title will appear at the top of your blog. (Ours is called "WMST 200 January 2012")
CHOOSE AN ADDRESS:
Every blog has its own URL, or web address.
This will be the web address associated with your site. you can call it anything you like. Be clever or simple (or both) -- it is up to you.
CHOOSE A TEMPLATE:
You will also need to choose a design template for your blog. Look through the options listed and see what appeals to you. You can change this later and can even find fun, creative templates at sites like PYZAM.
Once you have the account set up, you can start posting. A “post” is an entry on your blog. (For clarification, you have one blog, but many posts). Give the post a title and then compose as you would any journal entry. When you are finished, hit the button at the bottom that says Publish Post. It will not appear on your blog until you publish it. You can always go back and edit old posts and create new ones.
Your First Post:
Your first post should be a short introduction to you: who are you, what you did over break, why you are taking this class, what do you do when you are not in class, etc. (Just a short paragraph — no big deal).
POST A COMMENT WITH YOUR ADDRESS:
When you are done creating your site and posting your first entry, please come back to this blog and post a comment at the end of our first post (scroll down) that includes your blog address so that we can post it in the blog list to the right.
Some Tips and Helpful Hints:
- Once you are in your blog, look at the top right corner of the screen. If you click on the word DESIGN, you will be able to make design changes, create new posts, edit old posts, etc. (You can only do this if you are logged in to your blog.)
- Once you are in the DESIGN screen, you can do all kinds of things to make your blog a bit more interesting. Change your fonts and colors, edit a post, change your settings. See the tabs at the top of the screen for all kinds of options.
- Poke around online and make a list of websites related to education, diversity, social justice or anything else relevant and post them on your blog. You can add all kinds of things by ADDING A GADGET from your Design Screen.
- Just do the best you can with this. If you get stuck, don't fret... we are happy to help you anytime as you work on getting this started. Send an email, come see us before or after class, ask a peer for help. And remember: you can't break it. It is just a blog. Everything can be changed if need be!
Dr. Bogad and Eva