Blogging Guidelines

During this course you will be required to write a minimum of 22 posts of at least 100 words each for our class blog, though of course you are encouraged to write more! Our blog will allow us to continue our discussions outside of class, and I will participate in these discussions along with you. These blog posts will also allow you to begin to develop themes and ideas that you may wish to explore more thoroughly in your research paper or documentation project.


You will write three types of blog posts during this course:

  1. Response to an assigned reading:
    Discuss a topic or theme from one of the assigned class readings. Briefly summarize the topic, and analyze it in relation to other readings and themes in the course.
  2. Response to a reading you have selected on a relevant topic of your choosing:
    Find one source in any format on a topic covered in this course that interests you, and read it. Briefly summarize the source, and analyze it in relation to other readings and themes in the course.
  3. Comment on a post by another student in the course:
    Select a blog post by one of your classmates on a topic that interests you and write a response to her/his post. What additional perspectives on this topic can you offer? How do you connect the blog author’s analysis to the readings and themes in the course?

Please cite your sources for all text, images, and multimedia that you discuss in your blog posts. Source name, author, date, and URL (if it’s a website) is fine for these posts. We will discuss citation styles in more detail as the course progresses.


Blog posts are worth 20% of your total course grade. Each post will be graded using a rubric adapted from one in use by Prof. Mark Sample, English Dept, George Mason University.

Points Rating Characteristics of the Blog Post
2 Proficient The blog post is focused and provides examples and explanations or analysis. The post demonstrates awareness of its own limitations or implications, and it considers multiple perspectives when appropriate. The post reflects in-depth engagement with the topic.
1 Developing The blog post is mostly description or summary, without consideration of alternative perspectives, and few connections are made between ideas. The post reflects passing engagement with the topic.
0 Insufficient The blog post consists of one or two disconnected sentences, or no post was written for the assignment.

Adapted from:
Sample, Mark. (2009). Pedagogy and the Class Blog. Retrieved January 27, 2010, from SAMPLE REALITY Web site:

How to Post on the Course Blog

  1. Go to On the right navigation bar under “Meta” click “Login.” Enter your username and password.
  2. Now you’re on the WordPress Dashboard. To post your blog entry, click “Add New” under the “Posts” menu on the left navigation bar.
  3. On the Add New Post page you can enter a title for your post and then paste or type your blog post into the large field in the middle of the screen.
  4. There are two ways to format posts: Visual or HTML. If you know HTML feel free to use it to format your posts. Otherwise you may want to use the Visual option. You can use the buttons along the top of the field to add bold, italics, etc.
  5. Give your post one or more tags by entering them into the field under “Post Tags” on the right side of the Add New Post page. We’ll talk more about tags in class, but for now you can think of them like keywords. Try to pick a few words that describe the topic of your post.
  6. If you’d like to take a look at your post before publishing it live on the course blog, click the “Preview” button on the upper right side of the Add New Post page.
  7. When you’re ready to publish your post to the blog for all to see, click the blue “Publish” button on the right side of the Add New Post page.
  8. To view the blog after publishing your post, click the dark gray “Visit Site” button next to the blog name at the top of the Add New Post page.

To post a comment on the blog, click the “Leave a Comment” link at the top or bottom of any blog post.

With both blog posts and comments, I strongly suggest that you write the comment in a word processor or text editor and paste the finished comment into the Add New Post page or comment box.

Please let me know if you have any questions or run into any problems:


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