Get started with blog
Here are some tips to get you started with your own blog!
Before you start
- What are you going to blog about?
It can be smart to connect teaching or research to current events and use news articles as a starting point for your blog posts.
- How active are you going to be on your blog?
We recommend posting 1-2 times per week, and reply to any comments as they come. You can receive notifications to your e-mail, to help you keep track.
- Will you blog alone, or together with others?
1-2 times per week can be a lot when you blog by yourself, but quite easy if a group of people can collaborate on blogging. You can also use regular guest bloggers.
Where should I blog?
- Wordpress is possibly the most well known blogging tool. To get started, navigate to wordpress.com and register with your preferred lay-out and required information. Your blog is ready!
- If you already have a Google-account (i.e. a gmail-account), you can log on to blogger.com and start your blog without signing up to anything new.
Both alternatives are free from advertisements, and LearningLab can support you with them both.
Here is a simple tutorial to get started using Wordpress:
Inspiration from other blogs
A good way to get started, is to be inspired by others. Here are sEn god måte å komme igang på er å la seg inspirere av andre blogger. Her finner du derfor et knippe med andre blogger til inspirasjon.
Norwegian teaching blogs
BI in social media
Will my blog be full of ignorant comments if i open up for comments?
No, blogs often get fewer comments than one thinks. The exeption is if you are blogging about politics or religion - then it is probably a good idea to consider whether to monitor the comment fields.
An example from teaching
In a course in management of galleries and museums, the students are obliged to write two blog posts and comment on each others' posts during the semester, to pass their work requirements in the course. The blog is public, but the students receive feedback from their lecturer before the posts are published.
Get in touch if you want to discuss ways to use blogs in your teaching!