What makes a great post?

Many of you have been taking part in the student blogging challenge and have been visiting other student blogs.

  • What has made you read a post on that blog?
  • Are there any things in particular, that make you want to stop and read?
  • Are there any things that put you off reading a post?

Your task this week (as I won’t be having an online lesson) is to visit at least 10 of the student blogs nominated for the Edublog Awards in 2012. Link to them here.

Have a new post open in your dashboard and as you are reading the blogs, take note of what made a post great in your eyes.

Add to your blog post by mentioning three posts in particular that you enjoyed and give reasons why. Make sure you link to that post in your post.

Here is an example:

Today I visited Davo’s blog and a post I really enjoyed was when he visited the whaling station at Albany. I like the way he tells a story in his posts and they always have appropriate pictures which Miss W has taken. It was easy to read because it was written in paragraphs. I did notice though that the name of the ship wasn’t in quotation marks or italics. I would love to visit a whaling station to see the huge skeletons left by the whales.

This post should be at least three paragraphs long – one for each blog post you are writing about. You should have a link to the post in each paragraph. You should be giving your own opinion about the post.

Writing posts

Two Bloggers, after Norman RockwellYour blog is looking good now, so it is time to write some posts so other students and teachers can start leaving comments.

Your first post might be about why you are blogging and what you will be writing about in your blog. You might mention any problems you have had so far with the first seven activities in the blogging course.

Maybe a second post about yourself and your family. Remember though to be internet savvy and not give out any private information.

How to write a post

  1. In your dashboard, hover over the +new and click on post.
  2. Make sure you have two rows of icons visible. If the icons are words or letters rather than pictures, then click on the Visual tab at the right.  We only use the HTML tab when embedding – more on that later in the course.
  3. Remember to include a title for each post.
  4. If you have written your post on a Word document and used the spellchecker, then click on the icon with the W. Copy and paste your word document in here, then click insert.
  5. If you haven’t written in a Word document, then start typing in the big post box. There is a spellchecker icon with the ABC on it.
  6. When typing in Word, don’t do any formatting like headings or larger font or coloured words. Do all that once the document is in your blog post area.
  7. When you have finished writing the post, click the large blue button so either your teacher or I can check it then publish it for you. If you still haven’t finished the post, click the save draft button instead. This shows your teachers that you don’t want the writing published yet.
  8. Later in the course you will learn how to include categories and tags as well as add images to your posts. But if you want to get ahead, you can always go to the Edublogs help and support page here. Instructions might be wordy but they do show step by step how to do something.
  9. To get back to a post you saved as a draft, go to your dashboard> posts> all posts.  Find the post you want to edit, hover over it and click on edit underneath. This should take you to your post that you need to finish. Keep saving as a draft or click the blue button when ready to publish.

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