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In class we’ve talked about blog basics. Now is your chance for practical application of your knowledge. For this assignment you will create your own blog. You will be adding your own thoughts, reflections, and insights on your blog throughout the semester. Additionally, you will be responding to your classmate’s blogs.

Your Assignment:

  1. Set up your own blog.
  2. Post your blogs address to the class wiki on the student blogs page.

Some Helps

When setting up your own blog, you have a number of free online websites. The basic steps are these:

  • Find a decent blogging provider that appeals to you. My favorites are http://Blogger.com and http://WordPress.com. Others include:

    http://classblogmeister.com
    http://JournalHome.com
    http://TheDiary.org
    http://Mindsay.com
    http://Blog.com
    http://Diaryland.com
    http://Blogdrive.com

  • Once you sign up, you'll have a gallery of ready-made templates to choose from. Select one and personalize it. Add your name, interests, images, etc.
  • Decide on whether or not you want your blog to be private or personal: do you want any Internet visitor to be able to read your blog, or do you just want your class to be able to read it? Most blog sites offer the ability to password-protect your published posts so only those who you approve of can view what you've written.
  • Decide on how you want your blog to look. You can pick a color scheme and layout. Most sites come with a set of predefined layouts and schemes that you can choose from, or you can edit your own.
  • After you've set up your blog, write a few posts to test it out, and make any adjustments to the layout or style that you see fit.
  • Setup your blog to allow your students and others to post comments on it.
Copyright 2008, by the Contributing Authors. Cite/attribute Resource . Johnson, K., admin. (2008, September 16). Blog Creation. Retrieved January 07, 2011, from Free Online Course Materials — USU OpenCourseWare Web site: http://ocw.usu.edu/instructional-technology-learning-sciences/principles-and-practices-of-technology/blog-creation.html. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons License
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