Wordpress Blog Overview

People write blogs for a variety of reasons. The most important reason is to communicate. A blog is an avenue to publish your thoughts, to keep in touch with people, and to create and maintain an online presence.


For this assignment, you will create a blog using the publishing tool Wordpress.

Go to Wordpress.com to create and maintain your blog. Wordpress is a free content management tool. As it says on wordpress.com, “It Takes Seconds and is Free! You can get a blog started in less time than it takes you to read this sentence. All you need is an email address and a name. You can blog as much as you want for free…”

Your blog’s URL should be your first and last names. For example mine would be: http://lesliejenseninman.wordpress.com

Follow the instructions on wordpress.com in order to create your blog. After you set up your blog, familiarize yourself with the “dashboard.” This is where you manage your blog. Choose from the themes that are provided and follow the instructions to add your own images to the theme. Customize the theme to make it feel more like your own design style (you do this within the dashboard).

Create a category titled “499_08su Web Media.” Throughout the semester you will be required to post entries to your blog. The entries for this class are to be put in the “499_08su Web Media” category.

Inappropriate materials posted to your blog or comments on classmates' blogs will not be tolerated.

If you have questions, the first steps are to read the FAQs or click on the “Support” tab that is on the top-right side of your dashboard. If you have additional questions, that cannot be answered by reading these sections, please post your questions on Basecamp.

Note: Custom header images do not work in Safari. Make sure you are using Firefox.