Somehow, I feel obligated to explain why i chosed wordpress to teach about blogging for the topic Technology for Critical Thinking. I have used Blogger and Yahoo Blog. I do know why some of you would rather use Blogger. But there is a valid reason for using WP for this project…
You can use it if you like, just link it to your wordpress blog as the primary blog for the project and sure it will make your blog richer at the same time be valued as part of Task C and maybe even Task D when I follow the link from your primary blog at wordpress. What’s more important is to complete the 5 basic task first and the rest would be a credit to you. The possibility of accumulating marks is endless.
The point is that I would like to assess every blog from the same platform to be fare but there is no restrictions to where your links could bring me to, as far as making it richer with information. (It is actually to the Blogger’s advantage if I do this, since only WordPress have the static page and archived categories as part of the criteria for assessment). Of course the richer and more educational your blog is the more marks you get maybe even exceeding the 100 possible points available for assessment of the project.
As I mentioned in the lecture session, a blogspot with Blogger is easier to start with. You just need to go to http://www.blogger.com, create an account, name your blog, choose a template, make a post, adjust the layout and “wa la” you have it. But that is beside the point. You can easily do it without this class for simple blogging purposes.
For your long life learning goal, I have various reasons for introducing wordpress as the platform (actually it is an application but we better not get into the technical definition now). I hope your blogging activities will not stop here but will be continued as long as possible for your professional career, business or personal life. I have explained why I chosed WordPress for this project in the lecture session. Some of the reasons are rather technical but i will link one, two, three or more sites to explain them.
To conclude, which platform you choose would depend on your purpose for blogging. If it is just for fun, to share knowledge and experiences, as a personal kanvas for html and multimedia cracking or even for money making activities, Blogger would be great but for formal and academic purposes then WordPress would definitely be my choice. Last but not least, do read the posting that i cut and paste from Traci Anderson’s blog! Although we are using the free wordpress blog, it is my hope that soon enough we will be using the hosted wordpress blog for our professional career blog to experience greater flexibility.
- Will you use your blog to make money?
- Do you want to become an authority on an issue you are passionate about?
- Do you want to promote a product or service?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions than I would strongly urge you consider WordPress as a starting point, or switch now. I learned this lesson the hard way.
I jumped into blogging without a plan and immediately became hooked. Within a few months, I had six active blogs with hundreds of posts on them. When I was ready to step it up a notch…I couldn’t. There were so many blogs I envied – they all had their own domain names, navigation bars and comment forms. They all looked like full-functioning, professional websites. No matter how hard I tried to “tweak” my blogger.com blogs to make them look unique and exciting…they still looked like a cookie-cutter “blah”g”. I was neck-deep in blogger purgatory. When I made the inevitable switch, I lost page rank and had to spend hours updating every blog directory I’d subscribed to. Many of my favorite bloggers insisted I start with WordPress. But I was stubborn. Had I known then what I know now I would have started with WordPress for my professional sites.