Because we’re jumping into the group blog project next week, now is the time to make sure you are familiar with WordPress, the basic content management system (CMS) that we’ll be using. (As I mentioned early this semester, I have toyed with using other kinds of blogging software—including Tumblr—but feel that WordPress gives us the most flexibility and bang for our buck.)
So, this weekend I’d like you to take a practice spin through WordPress doing the following:
1) Set up a blog—whether you keep it up after this exercise, it’s up to you. But it can be a dummy blog.
2) Add at least 2+ widgets, including an RSS button.
3) Make 3+ posts on a consistent topic, and all with appropriate use of links
4) In one or more posts, use a photo with caption … as well as an embedded video in at least one post
5) build an “about” page
6) practice tagging and categorizing everything
7) finally, leave a comment here on your experience, making sure to include a link to your blog so we can see your work
And, not to worry, but I don’t think this will take you as long as it sounds, particularly if you’re already somewhat versed in WordPress. (By the way, if you already have a WordPress blog, then just continue to use it during the weekend in the way I’ve described above.)