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Introduction to Wordpress.com & Blogging for Academics

Introduction to Twitter and Wordpress.com for Academics
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Sandeep Junnarkar

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Transcript of Introduction to Wordpress.com & Blogging for Academics

Wordpress.com
Creating a Wordpress.com blog
Sandeep Junnarkar
Director, Interactive Journalism
@sandeep_NYC
Wordpress.com & Blogging
for
Academics
C
UNY
G
raduate
S
chool of
J
ournalism
November 5, 2014
Learning Outcomes
Writing a post, title and excerpt for each entry
Uploading and/or embedding media
Hyperlinking to your work
Updating or editing posts
Customizing design themes
Digital Handout
http://bit.ly/acawpblog
15 minute Break
Why Blog?
Plant a Flag
Conceptualize and develop ideas
Get feedback
See what counter-arguments are thrown your way
Develop a reputation for your thoughts, ideas and interactions
Build relationships
Blog Writing Style
Focus on a single point (rather than cover every aspect of a topic)
Provide about two key evidences to back up your point
Acknowledge a counter-argument and then rebut it with a key point.
Conversational writing style, not academic research writing style.
Avoid jargon
Write with perspective
Provide depth by linking back to previous posts or authoritative research, data, etc.
Take excerpt from other people's writing and comment on it. remember to link back
Curate/aggregate, but always comment using your expertise
One or two thoughts per sentence max!
Keep paragraphs short (3 to 4 sentences). Even one sentence paragraphs
Vary length of sentences and paragraphs
Compelling headlines
Subheds to break up the text
Lists
Platforms
Established leader in blogging platforms
Scalable
Customizable
Widespread use by institution & individuals
Hosted vs. self-hosted
Required Elements
Bio Page
CV
Publications list
Blogroll
Contact
Images!
Bio
Keep it Short
1st person
Key professional accomplishments
A personal sentence (hobbies, something fun)
Links to key work or deeper info
Education
Hands-0n
Choosing a name
Start an account
Dashboard
Screen options
Post
Edit post
Excerpt
Add image, video, audio
Delete post
Categories and Tags
Comments (approval only)
Canning spam
Changing themes
Custom Banner
Custom Background
Follow-up Sessions
Advanced Twitter
Analytics
Talkshows on the Web
Live-Blogging

Setting up mobile access
Understanding next steps
Blogging Schedule
The goal: Keep it fresh!
Stick to it
What's an ideal schedule
Analytics can help.
Handy (free!) Production Tools
Placeholder Text (http://www.lipsum.com/)
Placeholder images for dog lovers (http://placedog.com/)
Placeholder images for cat lovers (http://placekitten.com/)
Online image editor (http://pixlr.com/editor/)
Royalty-free images (http://www.wylio.com/)
PDF/Document embedder (http://www.scribd.com/)
Audio host/embedder (https://soundcloud.com/)
Mobile Access
Android Wordpress app
iOS Wordpress app
Steps
for a
Self-Hosted Site

Register a domain (godaddy.com, networksolutions.com, etc)
Buy hosting (renting server space)
Install Wordpress build from Wordpress.org (famous 5-minute install)
Or, try the 1-click install
Choosing and customizing your theme
Examples of Academic Blogs
john hawks weblog: paleoanthropology, genetics and evolution http://johnhawks.net/weblog/

PaleoJudaica.com: http://paleojudaica.blogspot.com/

Wooster Geologists: http://woostergeologists.scotblogs.wooster.edu/

List of Academic Blogs: http://crookedtimber.org/2005/03/11/academic-blogs/
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