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.
I’ve done some improvements to the Week 1 content. Specifically, I have also added two new sections to the content for week 1: Blogging, Writing Therapy, and Journalling; and Blogs versus websites. I also added a paragraph under Following Blogs to talk about Facebook Pages.
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 text 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. I’ve added a new check box question, so if nothing else, please send in your response to the check box so I know how things are going for you.