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5. About Weblogging and WordPress

Blogging — or Web logging — most often is thought of as an activity for people who like to keep diaries or who want to share photos of their holiday with family. These days students of all ages are blogging on a daily basis in a variety of exciting ways?

At its core, blogging — or Web logging — is an online diary or journal. Take a look at any blog and you’ll immediately see the connection between it and a traditional diary. Often arranged in calendar format with the most recent post first, blogs contain rantings, wishes, commentary, and…well, anything else a writer thinks about, often with graphics and perhaps even with audio and video elements.

Blogs (short for “Web logs) are web-based diaries or journals — online thinking spaces where individuals can write their thoughts. A blog can be a private space or a place where readers can respond in a bounce-and-catch style of communication.

In Writing With Web Logs authors Glen and Gina Bull herald blogs as having “the potential to reinvent how we work with journals in classrooms, challenging teachers and students to think about writing in authentic ways.”However, blogs have far more potential than this.

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1: A blog is a Web Publishing concept that enables anyone – first graders, political pundits, homeless people, high school principals, presidential candidates – to publish information on the internet.

2: Blogs ( a shortening of weB LOG), or blogging has become a journalistic tool, a way to publish news, ideas, rants, announcements and ponderings very quickly and without technical, editorial and time constraints. It essentially makes anyone a columnist. In fact, many established columnists now publish their own blogs.

3: Blogs, because of their ease of use, and because of the context of news and editorial column writing, have now become a highly effective way to help students become writers. Research has long shown that students write more, write in greater detail and take care with spelling, grammar, and punctuation, when they are going to an authentic audience over the Internet.

BLOGGING IN ACTION

Blogging: One Teacher’s Experience

To learn more about the blogging experience and its potential to engage students of all ages make sure to read Zen and the Art of Team Blogging by Heather Blakey. In this article Blakey provides testimonials from participants that highlight what a powerful medium blogging can be.

Educators know that students write better when they have a real audience — not just a teacher with a red pen. In the past, finding such an audience was a challenge. But with Internet access and some basic software, any student can write for the world to see. Although blogging in schools is still in its infancy, anecdotal evidence suggests that students’ interest in, and quantity of, writing increases when their work is published online and — perhaps even more importantly — when it is subject to reader comments.

The Bumper Book of Creativity is a fascinating project that maximises the potentiality of blogging. Here you will find that WordPress enables pages to be presented in a ‘workbook’ format, while enabling people to engage and participate all at the same time. Members of the Creativity Blog can post their work, comment and store their work on blogs of their own, which, in turn, are linked back to the Creativity Blog. Extraordinary really.

GETTING STARTED

These days, at the end of many television programs, the presenter directs people to a website where they can learn more. Well, this Catalogue has a Blogger where you are able to participate and work with people who have had a long association with Soul Food. To blog in this environment all you need to do is go to WordPress and create an account. It is all made very easy.

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Once you have your blog anyone wishing to participate really should spend some time learning to drive WordPress. There are some wonderful tutorials online which will help you understand the dashboard and teach you how to use this all important base. The dashboard is the nerve centre and it is simply a matter of trial and experimentation. Remember that you will not break anything.

Once you have gained a rudimentary knowledge of blogging then it is time to apply to join the Catalogue. Simply write to heatherblakey at fastmail dot fm and she will add you as a user. This will enable you to post and share your responses to the fun activities here.

Also make it a point to visit Digital Atelier which is a blog supervised by Lori Gloyd. This blog provides some basic workshop and you will find someone who can answer your questions.

Articles about Blogging by Heather Blakey

Zen and The Art of Team Blogging

The Rookery

A group of ravens live and work at Soul Food and within the magical realm of Lemuria. They are a talented group who have assembled by chance, drawn to the light by a magnetic force. Each of these people simply tap tapped on my chamber door. Will you tap and go on to become a Soul Food Raven?

A Journey Beyond
Aletta Mes
Anita Marie Moscoso
Barbara Farenbach
Billabong Dreaming
Carol Abel
Chefleur’s Caprice
Cheshire
Create Light
Fran Sbrocchi
Gail Kavanagh
Gwen Myers
Imogen Crest
Janet Andrews
Lois Daley
Lori Gloyd
Mari Mann
Patricia Stewart
Peace Bird
Quinn Creative
Random Thoughts
She Wolf
Soul Sister
Sylvia Kleindinst
Textile Intinerant
The Hoarder’s Daughter
Vi Jones
Winnie Rose Reyes

 

Your Passport

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This Catalogue is, quite simply, a passport to Lemuria. All you need to do is contact Heather Blakey, creator of the Soul Food Cafe, by emailing her at heatherblakey at fastmail dot fm. Provide an expression of interest,  and tell her that you are a member of WordPress (it’s free to join) and she will sign you in to the online Creativity Catalogue and any other Lemurian weblogs you wish to contribute to. Of course, you may not want to do any of this, and that is fine too. You can use this Catalogue as a private workbook and never tell another soul what you are doing in your free time.

 

 

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