I think everyone is settling in to blogging, although most of you still need to set up your blogrolls. I’ve put some instructions at the end of this post for those of you who don’t know how to do that.
I read all your posts twice. I read them on the blog, where I look for links, images, and general readability, and I might make a general comment at that time. Then I head for Carmen, where I make private comments on grammar, style, and other elements of your work.
What makes a good blog post?
Noel Hollyberry has quite a passionate post about the media’s use of images of women. I think this is an example of a good blog post, because she really analyzes the problem, and because she has used a photo to help make her point (this also means that more people will read her page, and they will probably stay on the page longer). Noel also takes great care to cite everything she’s used, and she provides us with a link to see the video. If I have a criticism, it would be that the link should go within the text, because some people (like me!) forget to scroll down to the very end.
Sunburst Gibson’s post on gender and identity in Second Life is definitely worth a read. He has found diverse opinions from many blogs about Second LIfe, and worked them into his own theory of virtuality. Those of you who are unsure of what constitutes a good blog post should look at Sunburst’s argument — it’s a nice combination of personal opinion and research, and he uses links to allow us to check his research. Nice work!
HOW TO ADD A BLOGROLL
Go to the dashboard (click the blog name next to the W at the very top left , then choose “dashboard”). Go down the list to “links” and add the addresses of the other bloggers in our course. Be sure to click “blogroll” at the very bottom of the page. Use my blogroll for the addresses of the other bloggers.
If the theme you’ve chosen doesn’t have a blogroll, it’s very easy to add one. Go to the dashboard, and choose “>>appearance >>widgets. All the elements you see on that page can be dragged into the “primary widget area” — that’s the column at the top right. Just click and drag it over into the right-hand column, and your blogroll will appear. Remember, you should be keeping up with your fellow bloggers — you’re always welcome to include comments on what they’ve written in your own posts.