In classes today, I gave tours of this Writing Studio Blog, pointing out elements at the head, foot, and side of the blog display. At the head of the blog, I pointed out the over-large image behind the title and description, and a smaller image (top right) that is a button to use whenever you want to return to the home page. I've removed that large image already.
I also showed where the Search field was, in the navigation bar (navbar, for short) at the top of the page. You can use that to find specific words or phrases that writers have used in their blog posts. You should note, however, that if you or the authors of the blogs you are searching fail to spell key words accurately, you may not find what you are looking for. For example, when students misspell the word "essay" as "essey," or "home stay" as "fome stay," those keywards are difficult if not impossible to find.
At the foot of the Writing Studio Blog, I pointed out the Creative Commons license, which grants visitors limited permission to reuse what they find on this blog, and two reference tools, in particular:
- a graphic thesaurus, free for use on the KGU campus, and
- an online dictionary, providing English definitions of English words.
Key elements in the Writing Studio Blog sidebar that I encouraged all students to add to their own sidebars ASAP include:
- a monthly archive, hierarchy style, showing post titles (Dashboard: Layout: Configure Blog Archive, above); and
- a labels display (Dashboard: Layout: Configure Label, below).
Archives and labels displayed in your sidebars offer visitors two more ways (in addition to keyword searches and reverse chronology scans) to find interesting posts on your blogs, such as your essays and book reviews.
So much for the anatomy of a blog! Now let me remind you of the homework.
1. Use catchy, descriptive titles on all posts!
2. Add two or more labels to every one of your posts.
- essays (for completed essays)
- revisions (for rewritten essays)
3. Post a rewritten essay: a revised letter of introduction to a host family, in new post on your blog, including:
- extra information (info.) requested or suggested in comments from classmates or peers on your draft essay.
- extra info. that you thought was interesting and informative in your classmates' essays - personalized, of course, for the purpose of introducting yourself to a host family.
5. Make at least one other blog post this week, for a total of three to five (or more) blog posts every week.