Activity 5 – ‘About me’ page

What is the difference between a page and a post? Make sure you check it out in the glossary in the header area of this blog.

Activity 5.

Create a page about yourself

Remember not to include personal information (part of digital citizenship) but really tell us about yourself. You might want to check out some examples from other students and classes.

Creating your about me page in steps

  1. Login to your blog, go to the dashboard>pages>all pages> hover under sample or about page and click edit.
  2. Delete whatever might already be in the box.
  3. Change the title to About Me or something similar.
  4. Remember to also edit the permalink to aboutme then save it.
  5. If you only have one row of icons above the box, click on the last icon called the kitchen sink. This opens a second row which allows you to change font colours and to insert from a word document.
  6. In the box, write a bit about yourself remembering to be internet safe. Make sure you have checked out the pages from other students mentioned – many of them have been blogging for a while.
  7. When you have finished click the big blue button on the right side of your screen – probably says update.

Leave a comment mentioning whose about me page you found was most interesting and why.  Remember you also need to leave a comment on the week 1 basics post.

Activity 4 – Plugins

You may have noticed when you have your dashboard open, that there is a section down the side called ‘Plugins’.

You may ask what is a plugin?

A plugin extends the way you can use your blog. It might be a form to add to posts, some extra widgets for the sidebar, an easy way to add images to posts – all these are done by activating a particular plugin. Here are some posts to read about activating plugins and an overview of those available on your blogs (instructions included).

Activity 4.

There are some plugins I would recommend you have for your blogs. These are in alphabetical order but compfight is a necessity I feel.

Compfight – easy way to add creative commons images to your blog posts. Make sure you have the settings correct. This is how I have them set for this blog. Here is a post I wrote for the student blogging challenge which gives instructions on using the compfight plugin.

On your dashboard> plugins> hover under compfight and click on activate. Then click on settings and change to image below.

WP cumulus is an interesting way to show the tags or categories on your blog as if they are floating on a cloud.

DOGO content widget allows book reviews, movie reviews etc from DOGO site.

Google maps if you want to include a map in a post or in your ‘About Me’ page

Image widget for your sidebar for students who might be more visually focussed rather than links written as words – good for those commonly used websites like studyladder, reading eggs, mathletics etc.

Subscribe to comments is handy for visitors to your blog. They might leave a comment and want to know when someone replies to the comment – they tick the box about subscribing to comments. This is for only one post at a time. Your visitors can tick this box on as many posts as they want to hear about comment replies.

Supreme google webfonts has 291 fonts available but this slows your blog down quite a bit having to load this each time.