Using a blogging system for handing in HWs in this course

(Updated 1/12/2017)

Blogging is an important part of today’s world

  • It is good to know how it works!
  • It is a good platform for a course!

Teaching

Handing in assignments

 

Various blogging sites exist

  • There are major ones and minor ones

 

WordPress.com

  • Major site
  • Full function
  • But this makes it more complicated
  • Different system from wordpress.org
  • Confusing!
  • I use it for this course
  • Doesn’t like to give a new account if you have one already
  • That makes it hard for me to show you how to open an account
  • Too many negatives, so what about…

 

Blogger.com

  • Part of google, a major player (good?)
  • But inextricably one part of a larger google account
  • So to sign up you need a google account, like it or not
  • We all have google accounts: UALR email is run by google
  • Maybe you don’t want your course blog being part of your google identity
  • You can create a “limited” blog profile to blog pseudonymously
  • This can work but has too many branches and details
  • So instead, try…

 

Blog.com

  • All seemed good during signup until the captcha function
  • Must interact with an advertisement
  • I don’t want to do that
  • …and don’t want to require you to
  • So move on to…

 

Tumblr.com

  • Modern, popular blog site
  • During signup, *must* pick 5 other blogs to follow
  • That could be useful in this class:
  • Follow your group members’ blogs!

Problem:

Their blogs don’t exist yet

…so you can’t follow them when you sign up

So back to having to follow random other blogs

  • This could work, but why make do?… so try…

 

LiveJournal.com

  • Not one of the major sites
  • Easy to get an account
  • Fairly simple to use
  • Basic in functionality
  • …that’s just what we need!

 

Conclusion

we will make blogs now…

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