Start with a fresh notebook, maybe your first blog.

For the purposes of Networked, it does not matter which blogging platform you choose. If you are familiar with one, use that. If you have helpful friends, colleagues nearby that have experience in another, try that. If you want to learn a new one… this is a great opportunity.

All that matters is that the blog platform can publish an RSS feed of your activity. Therefore we recommend either WordPress, Blogger (you have access to one if you have a Google account), or tumblr. All are free.

Your blog must be publicly viewable; we cannot syndicated any posts from it if its privacy settings are set to require a password.

Before you rush off and start making your blog, let’s talk about it’s name. When you create a new blog, you will have to come up with a unique name that will be part of your URL, and this is something that cannot be changed. Once your site is made.

Like we suggested for twitter, we recommend for the purposes of Networked Narratives that you do not use your name when asked how to create the blog.

Be creative! It make take a few attempts to find one that is not used. Also avoid using names that have the course name in it– think of a more clever name that can represent the work you are doing in Networked Narratives.

You will also have to create a title for the blog; in this case you have the flexibility to change it later, but it is good creative practice to try something more original than “My Networked Narratives Blog” (yawn, boring). The title is where it will be listed on the site, and how other people cite your blog. Again, for new bloggers we suggest not putting your name in the title

An interesting title goes a long way. So does mystery.

It is time. These links will all open in a new tab/window, so when you have your blog created, return to this part of the path to complete your connection of your new blog to this site.

Make a new blog with:

When you create your new blog, do not get mired down in the theme or how it looks now- we can improve that over time. Just create the blog, make sure you have it’s address. Make sure you write and publish at least one introductory post so it has some content (other than “Hello World”).

At this point you cannot say you do not have a blog. Next step is to connect it.

Now I have a blog, and am ready to connect it

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