Student Blogging Handbook

Student Blogging Handbook DRAFT

So, you want to start a blog? Good. They’re a great way to practice and publish your writing. Before you start, please go here to learn more about blogs and blogging.

Ready to go? Okay, then enjoy. (The following sites are listed in order of personal preference (However, you can use whichever you like.)

  Links to Free Blogging Sites
   * Wordpress via Blogsome
   * Blogger
   * LiveJournal
   * Xanga
   * GreatestJournal
 Links to Not-so-Free Blogging Sites
   * TypePad
 Important Reminders about Blogging
  • Never EVER EVER give out or record personal information on your blog. Your blog exists as a public space on the Internet. Don’t share anything that you don’t want the world to know. For your safety, be careful what you say, too. Don’t give out your phone number or home address.
  • Again, your blog is a public space. And if you put it on the Internet, odds are really good that it will stay on the Internet. Always. That means ten years from now when you are looking for a job, it might be possible for an employer to discover some really hateful and immature things you said when you were younger and more prone to foolish things. Be sure that anything you write you are proud of. It can and will come back to get you if you don’t.
  • Never link to something you haven’t read. While it isn’t your job to police the Internet, when you link to something, you should make sure it is something that you really want to be associated with. If a link contains material that might be creepy or make some people uncomfortable, you should probably warn them by using a parenthetical note or some other word of caution.