Week 2 Introduction

Hi everyone,

Welcome to week 2 of Should I Blog? The links to the Week 2 Content, Discussion, and Activities are posted. See http://shouldiblog.org/week-2-what-do-i-want-to-share/

In this week we look both internally and externally when we consider what to share on our blogs. There is no right answer to these questions – rather it is a matter of considering what you are comfortable with. With blogging you are self-publishing. I want to highlight that it is very important that you read the short bit on Responsible Self-Publishing.

I’ll also talk more next week (week 3) about sharing images – but for now, consider that copyright exists on images – especially those taken by professional photographers – so if you see a picture you want to include, don’t assume that you can without first checking to see if there are any copyright restrictions (assume there are unless otherwise listed).

If you have blogged a response to the discussion about where you draw the line, please email the link and I’ll add it to the list in “What to share and not share on your blog”.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to drop me an email.

Cheers,
Rebecca

Mid-Week 1 checkpoint

Hi everyone,

I hope week 1 of the course is going well for you. If you are new to the course, you can read the previous announcements by clicking on the Announcement menu on the course website.
I hope you have all found your way to the week 1 content. Some of you have mentioned that you are finding that there are too many blogs to look at – and too much content. I want to emphasize that what is important right now is not that you follow and read blogs, but that you look at the blogs for the types of things you like or dislike about them. Do you like the color scheme? The way the text is laid out? The fonts? What things appear on the left or right margins that are useful to you? Understanding the features you want will help you decide which blogging platform to use, and how you might wish to configure your blog.
If you are eager to get started, or are looking for a place to hold your ideas, consider using an app like Evernote (http://evernote.com). It is free and works on all your devices. I will often have an idea for a post or an email (like this one), that I compose first in Evernote and then copy it over to my website. This also has the advantage of not having to worry about the connection when I’m writing. If you are writing a longer text, you risk losing it if the Internet connection fails – so it is best to write those longer texts in some other application – e.g. Microsoft Word or Evernote – and then copy and paste it into your blog once it is ready.
Please at any time send in feedback, questions, and comments. Your feedback will help me better shape the content of the course. You can leave feedback or questions anonymously using this form (link is also in the header and footer of each page on the shouldiblog.org website): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_Id0IBtpnmN7bIYPIwRihu-JyuYtetJCDpOF9G2tcsk/viewform.
Cheers,
Rebecca

Week 1 – What are Blogs?

Hi everyone,

Welcome to week 1 of the free online course “Should I blog?”. Each week of the course I’ll post a short video clip with a couple of key points. If you navigate to the weekly menus at the top of the website (http://shouldiblog.org), you will see button at the bottom of each week labeled Content, Discussion, and Activity.

If you know anyone that might want to explore this topic with you, please pass along the invite to join in.

Announcements for the course are sent via email and posted on the Facebook Page and the course Website (http://shouldiblog.org) under the Announcements menu.

Course discussions will mostly take place on Facebook, but you are also welcome to post comments directly on the course website. When posting on the website, you can choose to use any identity you like – so you do not need to use your real name – just be sure to use the same email address each time (email address is not posted). The first time you post, your message will be held for moderation. Once your email address has been approved, new messages should appear immediately. This is one way in which to avoid spam messages on the course website.

Please take some time this week to look over the content, discussion, and activity for the first week of the course (under the menu “Week 1”). If you have any questions, you can post them on Facebook (preferred), leave a comment on the http://shouldiblog.org website, or reply to this email.

Happy Learning!

Cheers,
Rebecca (aka Becky)