It’s important that you get started on the blog now, and that you get very comfortable with how your blog works so that it’s not in the way of you contributing to the course discussion. So your first blog assignment is a “treasure hunt” designed to get you started on the blog. The undergraduate TAs will check your blogs Wed evening to see that you have all of these things done; those who do not will be ‘invited’ in for some remedial blog instruction. For Wednesday Feb 3, 8pm, you must do all of the following:
(NOTE: if you are able to get in to your blogs, please complete this assignment by 8pm. If you are having difficulty accessing your blog, this deadline will not penalize you; do it as soon as we’ve resolved your technical issues.)
* log in to your blog, and change your password from the one CIT gave to one you’ll remember.
* name your blog: the name you choose is up to you, but it must be followed by your full name in parentheses, like so: Random Thoughts on Digital Culture (Jane Smith)
* check out what your blog currently looks like, by clicking “Visit Site” at the top left. When you’re done looking, choose “Site Admin” under “Meta” in the right column to get back to the controls.
* give your blog a new look by selecting a “Theme” for it. (Click “preview” below a theme to see what it would look like; click “activate” to choose it for your blog.)
* fill out the “Profile”. Where it says “Display name publicly as,” the answer must be your full name.
* upload a “blog avatar” and be sure to choose a picture that is (in some way) your face. Upload the same picture as your “user avatar”.
* under Settings : Discussion, check the boxes next to
“Allow people to post comments on the article”
“Comment author must fill out name and email”
* under Settings : Privacy, you have one of five options:
I would like my blog to be visible to everyone, including search engines (like Google, Technorati) and archivers
I would like to block search engines, but allow normal visitors
I would like only logged in users to see my blog.
I would like only logged in users who are registered subscribers to see my blog.
I would like only administrators of this blog, and network to see my blog.
Number #4 is not relevant to our purposes. Of the rest, consider very seriously which you would like for your individual blog, then select it and “Save Changes”.
* give your blog the following widgets (you may also add others, but these must be included):
Meta, Search, Links, Student Blogs
In the settings for the “Student Blogs” widget, choose “Random” for the “Order” and 5 for the “Number”.
* under “Posts,” delete the first post that was already generated, called “Hello World!” It makes you look like a nOOb.
* finally, write your first post. The purpose of the post is to introduce yourself, to me and to your classmates. In a paragraph, say who you are, what your major is, something you care about deeply, and what intrigues you about studying the social impact of new media. Don’t forget to click “Publish” when you’re done; then click “View Post” or “Visit Site” to see how it looks to the world.