Blogging guide

In order to help you refine your thinking about the readings and to prepare for discussion, you are asked to write regularly in response to the reading assignments on the course blog. The medium of the blog helps to orient our thoughts towards an audience (one another) while keeping things informal.

You are assigned to one of two blogging groups, which take turns writing in response to my weekly prompts. All blogging is on a shared WordPress site, Your entries should not be formal essays, but they should be appropriate for discussion in a class. I grade them on a credit/no-credit basis. Entries are due 6 p.m. on the evening before class.

Getting set up to post

Before you begin posting, you must choose a pseudonym. The course blog is meant to be an extension of the safe space of the classroom, but it is also on the public Internet.

Go to the course blog, Look on the right-hand column for the “Log in” link under “META.” Sign in using your NetID and password.


Once you log in, you must edit your profile. Click the “Howdy, name!” text at the top right of the “menu bar” on the page.


Fill in a nickname for yourself in the blank next to “nickname,” then choose to “Display name publicly as” your nickname.


Then save your nickname by clicking “Update Profile” at the bottom of the page.

It is essential that you refer to other students on the blog only by their pseudonyms.

Once you are set up, you can start contributing to the blog.

Adding a blog post

To add a post, you must be logged in. If you do not see the “menu bar” at the top of the page when you go the blog site, log in again using the Log in link under “Meta” at the blog home page.

When you have logged in, you can write a new post by clicking the “+ New” link in the menu bar at the top of the page.

You can prepare your entries in the WordPress editor, or you can use a different text editor and then copy and paste the text into the WordPress editor. Do not use Microsoft Word to prepare the text for copying into the blog. Pasting from Word will produce many formatting problems. Use a text editor, not a word processor: text editors are programs like TextEdit or TextWrangler on Macs and Notepad or Notepad++ on Windows (all free).

Once you have prepared the text, you must add metadata to the post. This means:

  1. adding a title;
  2. making sure the post “category” is set to “Regular entry”;
  3. tagging the post with as many labels as you like. At the very least, tag the post with the last name of the author(s) you are discussing.


Submitting a blog post

  1. When your post is ready, including the title and the tags, click “Publish.”

Commenting and blogging more

You are welcome to blog more than is required. Label additional posts with the category “Extra commentary” and any tags you wish. Please remember that this is work for a class and that your comments must be appropriate to the classroom setting.