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Introduction to Wordpress.com & Blogging for Academics
Sandeep Junnarkaron 5 November 2014
Transcript of Introduction to Wordpress.com & Blogging for Academics
Creating a Wordpress.com blog
Director, Interactive Journalism
Wordpress.com & Blogging
November 5, 2014
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
15 minute Break
Plant a Flag
Conceptualize and develop ideas
See what counter-arguments are thrown your way
Develop a reputation for your thoughts, ideas and interactions
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.
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
Subheds to break up the text
Established leader in blogging platforms
Widespread use by institution & individuals
Hosted vs. self-hosted
Keep it Short
Key professional accomplishments
A personal sentence (hobbies, something fun)
Links to key work or deeper info
Choosing a name
Start an account
Add image, video, audio
Categories and Tags
Comments (approval only)
Talkshows on the Web
Setting up mobile access
Understanding next steps
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/)
Android Wordpress app
iOS Wordpress app
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/
Wooster Geologists: http://woostergeologists.scotblogs.wooster.edu/
List of Academic Blogs: http://crookedtimber.org/2005/03/11/academic-blogs/