Blogs: creating and reading

What is a blog?

a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style

What are posts?

The main content of the blog.  The posts are typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first).  Each individual post has its own web link and can be read in the main feed.

You can choose to have the post page as your main page: Example here
or have the post as a secondary page: Example here: “Dance for Camera”

What are pages?

Pages can only contain one post of information not a feed.  Menus display the main pages and parent pages branches off the main pages.

What are Widgets?

Widgets are most frequently used to customize blog sidebars. Each widget represents an area of content, which bloggers can populate with ads, text, links, images, and more.

Creating a blog:

Set up a WordPress account

Choose a name for your blog  blogname.wordpress.com

Picking a theme that works for your content

Organization through menus, color, format, and use of widgets

Posts vs pages

Creating a new post

Embedding images and video

How to organize your class blog:

Use this blog as your example

The main post feed will hold all the assignments: readings, sharings, viewings and classwork

Pages: About this blog, Book Cover and Opening Movie Title

Looking at blogs:

How to do like to read a blog? What formats agree with you visually?

Feedly.com can organize all your blogs in one place

Examples of past student blogs:

Embedding the images into the text. Blog example 1

Consistency and simplicity. Blog example 3

Using the text as part of the design. Blog example 2

For Next Time:

Bring in a blog that you find visually interesting to share with the class.

 

 

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Welcome to Visual Communications

This course is an exploration of visual communication with special emphasis on the role of the visual in perception, on techniques for visual thinking, and on the creation of visual messages utilizing current visual technology. Students will have hands-on experiences with a variety of digital technologies, their uses, and applications in the field of communication.

Names/Introductions

Review Syllabus