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In our first class, we created blogs in WordPress. This week, you should pick a topic for your blog, write your first post, and create an About page.
Part 1: Pick a topic
Give your blog a title and describe its focus (in about a paragraph) in a comment to this post. Make sure you comment as your WordPress identity so that I can find you! Your blog must have a clear MEDIA focus that goes beyond your own opinions – it can’t just be a diary or your movie reviews. Also, no:
- cat/dog/cute animal pictures
- sports, entertainment, fashion/health tips, and so on. You CAN use these subjects if your focus is clearly on their media angle – for example, if you cover issues in sports journalism – but your focus should not be on, say, whether the Patriots played with deflated footballs.
Part 2: Write your first post
Write up a good first post for your blog. You might describe different arguments being made about a subject relevant to your topic, linking to each argument. Don’t just list, though. Provide evidence and synthesize something new: what are the bigger themes?
- Come up with a good headline – make it something that would catch YOUR interest.
- Include at least one high-quality link in every post. This means links to CONTENT, not to Wikipedia, Facebook, or the New York Times homepage.
- Report on the conversation. What’s being said? Can you get at the heart of the discussion and tell us something new about it? Use links and evidence strategically – it doesn’t need to be long.
- Post between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Part 3: Create an About page
Your blog needs a place to explain to readers what it’s about. You could do this as a first post, but over time, this will get buried under a bunch of other posts. Instead, create an About page.
In your dashboard:
- Pages > All Pages
- Click “About”
- Write some appropriate “about” content to replace the default content
What’s appropriate “about” content? You could include:
- What’s the blog about? (Duh.) But this may not be such an easy thing to spell out, since you’re just getting started. Give it a shot anyway.
- Who’s the author? Tell us your background. What are you studying? What are your interests and accomplishments?
- Where can I find you? Let interested readers know where they can hear more from you, such as your Pace ePortfolio or Twitter (if you’re not on there yet, you will need to be soon!).
For other ideas on what makes a good “About” page, check out this read from Ramsay Taplin (aka the Blog Tyrant).
Due by the beginning of our next class.