We created our blog and started the “About” page in class today, so what’s next? Two of the key points of blogging (after starting the blog) are developing a voice and maintaining a flow of content. Your first two posts will be easy because I’m assigning them, so here we go:
Post #1 – “HELLO WORLD” (due by 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26)
Your first post is an easy one – give us a “hello world” post that explains a bit about your interests, what you hope to blog about, and how that fits with your post-graduation goals. You do NOT have to divulge any personal information you aren’t comfortable with, but you should help us understand something about your voice. Some guidelines:
- Break up your post into short chunks, not one long paragraph. Put yourself in the reader’s position – would you want to read one big piece?
- Even if you’re not certain, choose a focus. It’s OK if it changes later.
- Links are not required for this post, but (as always) they are strongly recommended – ditto for pictures (no hotlinking!)
- Once you’ve posted, SEND ME THE LINK and a short (one-sentence) overview – this will go on the course blog.
Post #2 – First topic post (due by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28)
You already wrote up a draft of this post in week one, and this will be your second blog post. Take the feedback from class and integrate it into your work to create a well-developed posting that fits the focus of your blog. You must include 2-3 links to relevant sources and material that your post builds upon (one will be the original story related to your topic; others might be other news or blog posts discussing the topic). This is your first shot at balancing facts, discussion, and your own (developing) voice – make sure you’ve got appropriate amounts of each!
Rules to abide by:
- Posts must be made between Monday and Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to receive credit (we want people to actually read these)
- Keep it in short chunks (but longer than a sentence) – think 3-5 paragraphs as a rule of thumb
- Integrate links in-text (e.g., “The Drudge Report shows how …”) – don’t use straight URLs (e.g., “I read this at http://www.blahblah…). Links should provide examples, explain terms, and ALWAYS show where your information comes from.
- SPELLCHECK. Don’t give the trolls a reason to attack you, people.
- Post your two links (with a sentence explaining each) as a comment to this post (on our course blog) by 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29.
Note: That’s THREE deadlines! Be sure not to miss any.