Unit 3 – Create Your Blog

Create Your Blog


Learning Objectives

Your major assignments for this course will be published on a blog for your fellow students (and the world) to read.   Most students in this class will be using WordPress to create a blog.   If you are familiar with another blogging format, feel free to use it.  100% success with this unit is required for continued participation in this course.

At the end of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Establish a personalized blog site, configured to freely accept comments. CLO#1
  2. Practice posting, and submitting a blog assignment with all the components necessary for future blogging assignments. CLO#14
  3. Practice commenting on blogs and properly submitting comments. CLO#15

Unit 3 Instructor Lecture

Grading Criteria for This Unit

You need to get all the components of this assignment correct.

  1. Your unique, working blog site.
  2. An introductory post, including your relationship to music.
  3. A link to music you enjoy.
  4. Discussion setting properly set, so anybody can post a comment on your blog.

All components must be in place for you to receive a grade. Do it right the first time, and receive 50 points.

  1. If a component is missing, you will be notified and required to resubmit this assignment again.
  2. Each time you have to resubmit the assignment you will lose 10 points.

Checklist of Learning Activities for This Unit

  1. Watch a brief lecture on domain of one’s own – why are we doing this.( LO#1)
  2. Read specific instructions on blog post settings and URL creation. (LO#1)
  3. Establish and configure a blog website (LO #1)
  4. Create an introduction post (LO#2)
  5. Submit URL of blog post through Blackboard. (LO#2)
  6. Comment on other student’s posts (LO#3)
  7. Submit comments through Blackboard with proper formatting. (LO #3)


Establish Your Blog Website

Your Unique URL

Your Unique URL

This is an example of a ‘URL’ or web address:   https://azzivarnish.wordpress.com/

  1. You are going to need to create a URL for your blog.   The first part will be of your choosing.  Think about this in advance of setting up your blog.
  2. For this class, you will need to incorporate your name into your blog address.  You can use your real name if you’d like.   You might want to consider using your blog for this class as part of your academic portfolio.   If someone “googles’ you, they would be led to your brilliant and scintillating discussion.
  3. If you feel uncomfortable about using your real name you will just need to include components of your name to aid your instructor in identification if any problems arise.
    • Real Name = Joseph Thompson         Blog URL= joetson.wordpress.com
    • Real Name = Joseph Thompson         Blog URL=sephson.wordpress.com
    • Real Name = Joseph Thompson         Blog URL=jstompson.wordpress.com
  4. Be prepared to be flexible and creative.   Your first choice of URL may already be taken.

Set Up Your Blog Site

Set Up Your Blog Site

You will be creating a free blog site on Blogger.  Blogger is now the preferred platform for blogs for this class.   Here’s a video showing how to set up a new blog for this class using Blogger.

 

You can use WordPress.com. Please follow these step-by-step instructions.    

Be sure to utilize the links on the left-hand side of the instructions.  

  • Note: WordPress.com offers paid services but the free version is just fine for this course.
  • If you have experience with another blogging software and prefer to use it, feel free. Please make sure that comments and RSS are enabled.

Important Discussion Settings

Very Important: Make sure your posts allow commenting:

Customize Your Blog Site

Customize Your Blog Site

Learn more about basics, customizing your site, adding content and media on these WordPress tutorials.  

Choose a theme for your site

There are many free themes available but many are more geared to business or more complex sites. For this course, you will need to choose a theme that is fairly simple and focused on blogging, for example -Twenty Sixteen, Twenty Fifteen, Libre, or Publish.

If you need help with anything WordPress related, try looking through their extensive help resources.  

Logging into Your Site

Logging into Your Site

The video below shows the fastest way to log into your site for editing.


Assignment - First Blog Post

Now that your blog is ready, time to post your first blogging assignment. The purpose of this assignment is to practice the mechanics of blogging before you have to post your first “content” blog. This is an all or nothing assignment. You need to get all the components correct, or you will need to fix problems and resubmit. Every time you resubmit you lose 10 points.

Part I – Create your first introduction blog post  (50 pts)

Your  introduction post  needs to include the following (in no particular order):

  1. A paragraph introducing yourself.
  2. An image (photograph, an image from the web, etc.) you find appealing. Here’s a  tutorial  on how to upload images to WordPress.
  3. A paragraph describing your relationship to music.   Do you play, listen, dabble? What do you listen Do you attend concerts? Do you enjoy going to venues where music is being performed?
  4. A  link  to music you enjoy.  Adding a video from Vimeo or Youtube is probably the easiest, just paste the link.  (How to add a video)

Once you have published your post, do the following:

A “test” comment on the post  you created. Using a  different computer have a friend or family member leave a comment on your blog.    If they get a message “Comment Awaiting Moderation” then you have a problem that needs to be fixed before you submit this assignment.  The instructions for setting up your Discussion Settings (above) includes a test of your comment section.  Getting your comment settings right is so important.

 DON’T SKIP THE SELF-TEST!!

If all this is done properly, then your instructor will be able to leave a comment on your blog. When you get all components 100% correct, your blog will be added to our Student Blog List.

Part II – Turn in your first blog post

(mandatory to receive 50 pts for blog post): Log into our class Blackboard shell and click on ‘Assignment Submission’ in the left menu. Click on ‘Unit 3 – Introduction Post submission’ to turn in the URL to your first blog post.

My  Blog:   (your  first blog post  URL –  hyperlinked  for an additional 5 points)

Need help with uploading your assignments on Blackboard?    Click here!

Don’t forget to check your grade! If you don’t have 100% of all components correct, you will need to correct mistakes and resubmit the assignment.

Assignment - Comment

Your instructor will update the student blog listing on our  class website so you can find other students’ blog posts.  Once this is complete, you will:

  1. Go to ‘Student Blog Feed’  or ‘Student Blog List’ and click through to at least two of your fellow classmates’ introduction posts and leave a comment on their posts (25 pts).
  2. Turn in your comment (mandatory to receive 25  pts for comment):  Log into our class Blackboard site and click on ‘ASSIGNMENT SUBMIT – Unit 3  – Your Blog’ in the left menu. Click on ‘Unit 3 – Comment on Classmates’ Blogs.
  3. Include both the URL to the post that you commented on and the text of your comment.
    For example, you would submit something like:

Image from Blackboard with 2 comment examples

I commented on  https://trinamuse.wordpress.com

I study linguistics too. Great job getting your first  blog  post created.

I commented on  https://junglejim.wordpress.com

I love  electro-swing  music. I think I have everything Caravan has created on my workout  playlist.  


Keeping Up With Classmates' Posts

Keeping Up With Classmates’ posts

You will need to regularly read and comment on other students’ posts on their blog sites this semester.  There are a couple ways to stay up to date with their posts.

  1. View posts through links to fellow classmate blogs.
  2. WordPress Reader — a super  way to stay up with your classmates’ posts inside WordPress

 


Preparation for the next unit

In this unit, you set up your blog site and made your first introductory post. In the next unit, you will  be presenting  your first musical analysis in a new post on your blog.