OK for your first task you are going to create, customise and post your first blog.
But first I would like to explain what blogging is. You can think of a blog as being a bit like an online diary. You can keep it completely private so that you – and only you – can read anything that you write or if you prefer you can publish your thoughts to the world. Follow this link to find out what people love about blogging: http://www.stayonsearch.com/21-key-benefits-of-blogging
Here is the list of tasks that I want you to complete this week:
- Create your own blog – take a look at wordpress, blogger, blog.co.uk see which you prefer and follow the instructions to create an account.
- Customise your blog so it looks the way you want it. Don’t worry too much about the design, its really easy to change it later if you get into it.
- Write your first post – Say hello to me and anyone else who is reading it, who you are (invent a new you if you want!) and what you would like to get out of this short course. If you can think of what you can use a blog for in relation to your studies, tell the rest of us – you might give the rest of the group an idea.
- Send an email to me firstname.lastname@example.org providing a hyperlink through to your blog and I will add you to the blogroll (a list of everyone doing this course).
- I will split you into 3/4 groups, each with its own name. When you see someone else added to your group, follow the link, read their message and post a comment. You can comment on people in other groups, but that is completely up to you!
The person who makes the most contributions will win one of my special prizes 😀
This is probably the most time consuming of the tasks because you can spend ages changing the look and feel of it (it took me all night to get this one right!). Like I said before, don’t worry too much about how it looks that can be changed any time.
Please try to make sure you complete this task because all the others will be built around this one. And of course, I’m sure you will enjoy yourself once you get going.
Don’t forget you can get in touch with me at any time by email (above), phone 01226 644380 or in the UCB library.
‘Speak’ to you soon 😀