Why Blog? Get Writing

As many of you know, this semester you have been encouraged to blog weekly either using WordPress or Tumblr. You also have been shown two free resources where you can have web space for free. One of those resources allows for a WordPress installation (actually, more than one).

You may wonder why we blog:

  • First, you will learn about WordPress
    1. 8/19/2011 –  WordPress Now Powers 22 Percent Of New Active Websites In The U.S.
    2. 4/30/2013 (Has March 2012 data) –  How Many People Use WordPress: Statistics, Percentages, and Comparisons
    3. 9/2012 – With 60 Million Websites, WordPress Rules The Web. So Where’s The Money?
  • Second, you will learn how to navigate a Dashboard – and to do a few pretty intricate items
    1. What is the difference between a page and a post?
    2. How can you modify your navigation?
    3. How can categories or tags help you organize your site?
    4. What types of elements can I include on my site?
  • Third, your blog provides an arena to test HTML (see the ‘Text’ tab next to the ‘Visual’ tab? enter your HTML there)
  • Fourth, you practice writing online
    1. Craft your voice.
    2. Become familiar with the best way for you to create content online. Is it a blog? Does typing on your tablet really work?
  • Fifth, you can ask, ‘what works?’ and see what doesn’t
    1. Some code will work.
    2. You can embed items–but maybe not on a free WordPress site.
    3. Test how different themes impact your usability.