One of the biggest challenges people new to blogging face is understanding the basics of how a blog works. If you don’t know anything about blogging, don’t worry! The video goes through the terminology of blogging and explains how blogs are used.
Here is a great quick intro video to explain.
What is a blog? This is becoming harder to answer as the lines between blogs, websites, ePortfolios, and other online spaces blur.
A blog is simply a blank canvas that you can use in any way to meet your needs and the needs of your students and school community.
Your job as you grow in whatever field is to constantly learn. Every day there is something new to learn. Whether it be a new tutorial, trendy controversy, advice, ideas, or something you needed to learn in your field of study.
For instance. I subscribe to many creative blogs. I’ll get 4-5 emails a week in my inbox with news, tutorials, tips, tricks, ideas to make money and so much more.
My favorite magazine is https://www.creativebloq.com. Check them out. So let’s share the love.
Questions to ask yourself as you explore different blogs. In a Google Docs go to the digital blog you chose above and answer these questions. If you do not remember some of these terms go back to the top and rewatch the “What is a Blog video”
We will be going over all of section 4 before starting to write a article. All of it is important, so let’s go slow.
Remember you will check back to this page periodically until you get the hang of it so you might want to bookmark it.
The aim of this step is to:
Your posts are where you’ll publish your main content such as:
They are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order with the most recent post at the top of the page.
By default, your home page is your blog post page and this is where you’ll see your new posts published.
If you look closely at a post you will see it is normally made up of:
Watch the following video to learn more about the difference between pages and posts.
Presto! Your post will now display on your blog so others can read it!
Before you publish your post it is a good idea to use the Preview option to see what it looks like to your readers.
You preview a post by clicking on Save Draft and then clicking Preview. This opens up a draft version of your post in a new tab.
Then just go back to your draft and make any changes you want!
The area where you write your post is by default in Visual Editing mode which uses WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) option for formatting.
It works similarly to any word processing software, a lot like Microsoft Office or Google Docs. Write the article in a Google Doc and then copy and use the (Paste it as Plain Text) icon in WordPress.
Or you can simply write your post in WordPress, highlight any text you want to format, and then click the appropriate button in the toolbar to add formatting such as bold, italics, and number lists. The Toolbar Toggle icon is used to view the advanced formatting options including heading styles, underlining, font color, custom characters, undo, and redo. When done copy the entire article and save that into a Google Doc.
You switch between Visual Editing mode and HTML editing mode by clicking on the Visual or Text tab.
Reading online is different from reading on paper. Ultimately, you want your content to be read. The easier to read and more engaging your posts are, the more likely they are to be read!
I’ve outlined five tips to help you write better posts on your blog.
Blogging is about sharing, collaborating, and learning from each other.
Complete the following tasks:
The aim of this step is to:
Important parts of the blogging process are to:
It’s amazing how even just a few comments can make you realize that you are writing for a global audience — for many it’s incredibly motivating.
By default, comments are enabled on all newly created blogs, and a comment form will appear at the bottom of posts and pages where readers can respond to what you’ve written.
Note: Comments are disabled on pages by default and can be enabled.
Approved comments are displayed under the individual post. You just click on the post title or the comment link to read the comments.
Threaded comments allow readers to reply to other comments inline/nested which encourages better discussion and responses.
Here is an example of a threaded comment on a post:
To leave a comment on a post, simply:
If commenting skills are not taught and constantly reinforced, there can be a tendency for you to limit your comments to things like,
While enthusiasm is high with these sorts of comments, developing your literacy skills, knowledge of your craft, or having meaningful interactions with other members of the blogging community is the key to growing a following in the design field.
Conversations in the comment section of a blog can be such rich and meaningful experiences. So let’s develop strong commenting skills to provide a good foundation for when you move on to writing posts on your own website.
Remember, use others’ guidelines for ideas but don’t copy others’ work without permission and acknowledgment. (Plagarism)
Content is key! In our class, we evaluate our blog comments.
Using what you just learned find an article that 2 students have written and comment on them using the guidelines.