Assignment #2: The About Page

Your new blog needs a place for readers to find out what it’s about. You could do this as a first post, but over time, this will get hard to find – nobody likes scrolling, after all. Instead, you’re going to create an About page. Have a look at this read from blogtyrant on what makes a terrific “About Us” page – they include examples, too! With those ideas in mind, get started.

In your dashboard:

  1. Pages > Add New
  2. Title: “About” or “About This Blog”
  3. Write some appropriate “about” content (you can update this as your blog grows)
  4. Publish!

Some things you’ll need to include:

  • What’s the blog about? Well DUH. But this means you’ll need to know that yourself, and that means spelling out the specifics of what readers can expect. You might add some links to similar blogs (while explaining what will make yours different)
  • Who’s the author? Tell us your background. What are you studying? What are your interests and accomplishments?
  • Where can I find you? You’re cultivating an online presence, so let interested readers know where they can hear more from you. You needn’t use an email if you don’t want, but at the very least put up your Twitter handle.

When that’s all done, post the link to your About page in a comment to this post, and I’ll add it to the blogroll on our course blog.

Due: 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17 (must post comment by this time)

DON’T FORGET: Tweet the link to your first post (not this About page) using the #WVUblogJ next week too!


47 Responses to Assignment #2: The About Page

    • aaaaaargh says:

      This concept sounds good. I do recommend making sure you’re keeping a media focus (rather than health advice – I don’t know if that’s what you have in mind, but I’d rather say it sooner than later). That shouldn’t be hard with this topic. Nice inclusion of a slideshow!

    • aaaaaargh says:

      You’ve made an error in the About page. You needed to create a NEW page called “About” (see the assignment post for directions). What you’ve done is put your About info on the main page, then created a new page for your posts. This won’t work! Newcomers need to see your content first, not your About page. Go back in and make the change.

    • aaaaaargh says:

      Good page, but I recommend tailoring your focus more narrowly. Right now you talk about doing the digging on all kinds of celebrity, but how are you going to do that? Further, for this class you’ll be better off focusing on the coverage of celebrities rather than the celebrities themselves. Do some tweaking, and we can discuss.

    • aaaaaargh says:

      This sounds good. Rather than a health advice blog, you’re getting at how health advice is disseminated via social media. That works.

      • Something along those lines. I’m not really sure where the journey is going to take me in relation to health and social media. However, my first blog post is about the Beer mile, so I may make that a series like introducing some new aspect and tie that to social media. I may also integrate what you recommend in class about how health communities are brought together through social media.

    • aaaaaargh says:

      Okay. We’ve discussed this in class, so I’m less worried about this turning into a homemaking advice blog, but that’s still a challenge you’ll need to be careful with. Keep the focus on the media side of it – how is the movement covered? how does it communicate? – and you should be fine.

    • aaaaaargh says:

      Good page, and your title might just be my favorite. You do a good job setting yourself apart from what’s out there, and make it clear what the media and communication focus will be. I look forward to reading it.

    • aaaaaargh says:

      Okay. I had thought you were shifting focus to activism, not just race, but this can work. Flip your About page so the first details are about the blog (not introducing yourself). That template is pretty aggressive – I recommend something with a smaller flag, so people can get right to your content. Also, you need an actual title, not just your name.

    • aaaaaargh says:

      Sounds good. Your personal stake in this is useful, but I’d rearrange things to put the blog’s focus first, then get into your personal details. Think about what the majority of people are here for.

    • aaaaaargh says:

      This is a very interesting concept, so I’m keen to see what you do with it. The name is a little on-the-nose, LITERALLY describing the content of the blog. Perhaps try some alternatives?

    • aaaaaargh says:

      Interesting concept! I’d pare down the first few sentences and get right to it because it’s a little complex as you describe things. Make it as clear as you can, as quickly as you can. Good job putting the “About Me” second – emphasize the content first.

    • aaaaaargh says:

      Also, is your intended title “The Future”? You probably want something more descriptive.

    • aaaaaargh says:

      Concept sounds fine. The title kind of lands with a thud, though. I’m sure you’ve got loads of lyrics mentally stored away – is there nothing a little more musical you could use? I’d like to see a little more detail on the subject matter in the description – it’s fine, but there’s probably more you could say about what makes your blog interesting.

    • aaaaaargh says:

      This’ll work, although it’s a little brief. Maybe an example or other additional description? Following that, a short “About Me” graf wouldn’t hurt.

  1. audriek says:
    I have already submitted my about me but I do not see my name on the right hand side so I am resubmitting the link

    • aaaaaargh says:

      Got it. It was just after the deadline, so I wasn’t able to respond during my first round of grading. Concept is a little problematic. It sounds like your concept is “entertainment news” – this is pretty broad, and what makes you a significant source on this subject. Get it focused down to something more distinctive with a strong media angle. You mention broadcasting – tightening in there might be a start (news? behind-the-scenes?)

    • aaaaaargh says:

      This works, but it may be too narrow to focus on both coal and West Virginia. It’s definitely a rich topic in this state, but a little more breadth (coal in general, WV energy issues) would give you some more leeway. Also, since you’re not really going to be going out and working the coal beat, you would do well to make this more about the media conversation around coal – that’s something you CAN report on from here.

  2. This is the link to my blog.

    • aaaaaargh says:

      This link doesn’t work (you can’t actually click on it).

      I was worried this was going to be a generic entertainment focus, but your About page states an interesting focus: The recording artist perspective. I would keep your focus TIGHTLY on this, rather than just broad industry news – nobody is coming to your blog for this – and perhaps focus on recording artists’ incorporation of digital and social media with their work.

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