In your first post, you introduced yourself and suggested a focus for your blog. This week you’ll solidify that focus and identify sources of information that will contribute to your writings. Note: These posts must ALL be made during week 3!
Part 1: Refine your focus
Last week, you created an “About” page with your blog’s mission statement. In class today, we assessed these focuses. Based on my and your classmates’ feedback, refine your “About” page and add some depth. Remember these points:
- It’s not about you. Make sure your focus is a larger conversation, not a diary or “expert advice” (you’re not one) or “my crazy life” blog. How can you connect with a larger community?
- It’s not about everything. Avoid being too broad (e.g., “pop culture”) – if you say you will write about something general like “sports,” you’ll need to spell out what a reader might get out of reading your site compared to the countless other sports sites out there.
- It’s not just links. Links are necessary, but a successful blog needs to add something to the information it synthesizes from elsewhere. Linking to a bunch of stories about the Pittsburgh Penguins is not blogging.
Part 2: Identify sources to help you
Blogging isn’t something you have to do on your own. With your focused topic in mind, it’s time to identify some sources to help you on that path. You will identify 10 blogs to follow. Each of these blogs should inform your topic in some way – for example, a social media blog might draw on http://www.readwrite.com. You’ll need to complete the following steps:
- Add a blogroll (Links > Add New > Create a “Blogroll” category) and add your 10 blogs to it
- Write a blog post explaining (in 1-2 sentences each) how each of these blogs will inform your own blog – don’t forget to include links to each blog in your post!
- ALSO add mashable.com, readwrite.com, and the course blog to your blogroll (these don’t count toward your 10)
- Yes, this counts as one of your two weekly posts.
Part 3: Add the Calendar widget to your blog
This is an easy one (you’ve probably already done it in class). In your Dashboard, go to Appearance > Widgets and drag “Calendar” to your sidebar. If your template doesn’t support calendar, you need to change your template. Sorry.
Due: 4p, Tuesday, Sept. 3 (all three parts)
- Don’t publish your post before Monday!
- Post both links (with descriptions) in a single comment to the SMC#2 assignment