Week 1: Set up blog, write first blog essay, don’t forget to connect

Week 1: January 11-19, 2016.

A week in this class will typically run from Wednesday to Tuesday, although Week 1 has 8 or 9 days, depending on when you get started. NDSU’s spring 2016 semester technically starts Monday January 11th at 4:00 pm. Monday January 18th is Martin Luther King Day, so the rhythm will be a little different.

Each week’s schedule will identify the goals for the week, the actions you need to take, and the interactions you should strive for.  Please never hesitate to ask for clarifications about class plans.


  • Learn about Web 1.0 and consider your relationship to 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0.
  • Set up your blog for the class and start to get comfortable with WordPress or the blogging platform of your choice.
  • Write your first blog essay and start to get comfortable with the blog essay conventions.


As early in the week as possible, read the Introduction and Chapter 1 of Social Media for Social Good (SMSG) and  then do the following.

1. Set up your own blog on WordPress.com or the blogging platform of your choice. WordPress is widely used in the non-profit sector because of its ease of use, support for multiple authors, stability as a platform, and services provided.  Please write a 400 word “About” page that tells readers about your history with social medial.   Heather Mansfield provides her personal history on the first two pages of SMSG; I’ve posted my account on the “About page”.  These posts will serve as introductions, but don’t treat them too lightly.  Don’t forget for a moment that we are working with “social media” in this class, so your post will make a social (and in many cases), first impression.  This will not be your “blog essay” for the week, however.  See item 5 below.

2. Share your URL with me and I will create a blogroll for the class. Handy for finding one another online.

3. Request or accept membership in this blog, Electronic Communication @ NDSU. Once you are a member, you should be able to “reblog” your personal posts to the class site, which is another good reason to use WordPress. What you will need to do is access the full URL of your post (not just your base home URL).  Once you are there, you should see a “reblog” option.  Click that, and it should pop up a text box that gives you a chance to add a sentence or two as a kind of introduction (might be helpful), and it should give you the option to reblog to “Electronic Communication @ NDSU.” You can also look up “how to” items at WordPress Support.

4. Follow other students’ posts; write responses as you see fit.  You are not required to follow everyone (although you are welcome to), you are encouraged to follow the posts that intrigue you.  Another challenge in this course, closely related to the one above, is to get noticed.  You will have to consider, “when’s a good time to post?” You will need to figure out good response strategies.  If you want others to read your work, you need to reply to them in thoughtful, polite, engaging ways.

5.  Once you have set up a blog, shared the URL with me, and learn how to “repost” your blog to the course blog, start planning your blog essay #1.  Blog essay #1 cis guided by this prompt:

  •  “Who do you want to be online?” This post is more or less a continuation of your About Page, and I recommend you  read my remix of Greg Ulmer’s Avatar Emergency. Use this post to think about the web: what does it do well? What can it do for you?

6. Check out the resources listed on pages 39-41 of SMSG.  Visit the recommended websites, and search for “WordPress for Nonprofits” and “15 beautiful nonprofit websites WordPress.”


  • Please take the time to comment on / respond to at least two other blog posts from the class; you can respond to their first or second blog of the week.  Remember that you want to build up followers, and one way to do that is to interact with others.
  • Sign up for a Google+ account.  You might already have one if you are a gmail user.  But check out the social networking platform Google+, find me and add me to your circle, and we will try to convene a Google+ Hangout as needed.
  • Sign up for a Klout.com account. Klout measures your influence via social networks, although you have to grant Klout access to your Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, LinkedIN and other accounts.  Klout’s value gets debated, but you need to know about it even if you decide to disconnect from it at the end of the semester.

13 Responses to Week 1: Set up blog, write first blog essay, don’t forget to connect

  1. oscargzamora says:

    Hello my name is Oscar Zamora, currently enrolled in English 457 class. My URL is http://artistimagination.wordpress.com/

  2. azurebrock says:

    Hey. Just started my blog very quickly.

  3. alexlienndsu says:

    I have my about page up, (make sure you search “about” in the menu)

  4. kaitlynjenison says:

    Hi! My name is Kaitlyn Jenison. I just set up my blog for the class and this is my url: https://kaitlynjenison.wordpress.com/

  5. Hey my Name is Brent Schoenwald
    My URL is https://brentschoenwald.wordpress.com/

  6. Hello – My name is Jessica Peterson. The link to my About page is:


    • kab13 says:

      Hi Jessica. I think your About page is still in Preview Mode. If you go back into your dashboard, you will see where you can publish and update it as needed. Welcome to the class!

      • Thank you! Fixed it!

  7. Hello all! My name is Hannah Stevens– My URL is: http://hannahleighhoneyman.wordpress.com and the link to my about page is: https://hannahleighhoneyman.wordpress.com/about/

  8. hopewestland says:

    Hello, my name is Hope Westland. My URL is http://hope.westland.wordpress.com

    • hopewestland says:

      Im still having trouble finding how to reblog and such..cant anyone help?

  9. spencerman01 says:

    Hi, everybody. Christopher here. My URL is: https://truwordswordpresscom.wordpress.com/. To get to my about page use URL: https://truwordswordpresscom.wordpress.com/2016/01/16/about/.

  10. leahschmid says:

    Hello my name is Leah Schmid and this my URL to my page 🙂 https://leahschmidwordpresscom.wordpress.com/?p=4

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