Saturday, August 29, 2015

Welcome to GEND 200!

Welcome to this Gender Studies blogging adventure!

For the second week of class, you will set up your own blog to use this semester  for all of your Talking Points assignments, and to keep track of your thoughts about any of the issues we cover.

A blog is your very own, personal online journal. It is public, in that I and your classmates can read it and comment on it, but it is your space and you can control most everything about it.

To start your own blog, you will go to:


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SET UP AN ACCOUNT:
If you do not already have a Google account, you will need to create one.  If you do have a Google account, sign in in the box at the right. 
  
Click the button that says NEW BLOG (you will see this even if you have blogged before) and follow the instructions to get started.  Don't forget your Username and Password!! You will need them to login everytime. Please write them down on the top of your syllabus so you don't forget!  

NAME YOUR BLOG:
As you fill in the info, you will be asked to name your blog. This title will appear at the top of your blog. (Mine is called "RIC — Gender and Society")

CHOOSE AN ADDRESS:
Every blog has its own URL, or web address.

http://_______.blogspot.com

This will be the web address associated with your site. you can call it anything you like. Be clever or simple (or both) -- it is up to you.

CHOOSE A TEMPLATE:
You will also need to choose a design template for your blog. Look through the options listed and see what appeals to you. You can change this later so don't worry too much about it initially... 

START POSTING:
Once you have the account set up, you can start posting. A “post” is an entry on your blog. (For clarification, you have one blog, but many posts). Give the post a title and then compose as you would any journal entry. When you are finished, hit the button that says Publish. It will not appear on your blog until you publish it. You can always go back and edit old posts and create new ones.

Your First Post:
Your first post should be a short introduction to you: who are you, what you did over the summer, why you are taking this class, what do you do when you are not in class, etc. (Just a short paragraph — no big deal).

POST A COMMENT WITH YOUR ADDRESS:
When you are done creating your site and posting your first entry, please come back to this blog and post a comment at the end of our first post (scroll down) that includes your blog address so that I can post it in the blog list to the right.

Some Tips and Helpful Hints:
  • Once you are in your blog, look at the top right corner of the screen. If you click on the word DESIGN, you will be able to make design changes, create new posts, edit old posts, etc. (You can only do this if you are logged in to your blog.)
  • Once you are in the DESIGN screen, you can do all kinds of things to make your blog a bit more interesting. Change your fonts and colors, edit a post, change your settings. See the tabs at the left side of the screen for all kinds of options.
  • Poke around online and make a list of websites related to gender, social justice, feminism or anything else relevant and post them on your blog. You can add all kinds of things by ADDING A GADGET from your LAYOUT screen.
  • Just do the best you can with this. If you get stuck, don't fret... I am happy to help you anytime as you work on getting this started. And remember: you can't break it. It is just a blog. Everything can be changed if need be!
Good luck!!

LB :)

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