As part of this course you will be asked to maintain your own public web site for sharing your reflections and ideas. Through technologies of syndication, we are able to automatically republish your work on this site, arranged into categories for your groups and class themes.
With many blogging platforms to choose from, we are recommending the use of tumblr for its simplicity, wide range of themes for personalization, ability to share media, and mobile platforms. If you already have a tumblr blog, we ask that you create a new one for this class. Give some thought to how to name/identifty your site – it will create a site like mytumblingspace.tumblr.com. You need not include your name.
Once you have set this site up, be sure to register it with the class via our signup form (at the bottom of this page).
If you are new to tumblr, do not worry. There is not much to it, and start by creating your first site at http://tumblr.com. As an introduction, this video covers the basics
The site it comes from has more notes and references to help you out.
A few more references we recommend include:
- Getting Started with tumblr (webmonkey)
- Tumblr Guide 101: Tips And Tricks For Building Your Site, Posting And More (Huffington Post)
When logged in to tumblr, your view is the dashboard, where you can manage your site and add new content. You will find basic content types that revolve around the primary kind of media you are sharing — just writing is of course, text. But in the editing pane you have the ability to include media and links.
It will be very important for this class that you learn how to add tags to your posts- this is not only a method of organizing content for your own site, but when we mix content from the many participants in the class, we will have a means of seeing trending ideas via the aggregation of tags (see the front page of this site). We urge that you tag voraciously! Look for the tag entry area on the right side of the editing pane, separate tags by commas (learn more about tagging in tumblr)
Before we do anything else, why not go to your site and write an introductory post and let us know your level of experience at using tools like tumblr. Make it your own space.
You will find a number of theme options so you can make your site more unique (and these can be changed at any time).
Like other blog sites, tumblr puts your most recent content at the top. There is an ability to create what are known as “static” pages that can be part of your sites menus, so you might want to create an About page (look for it in your dashboard under Customize Blog).
Note that while on tumblr, you can “follow” other sites (e.g. those on your project teams) so your dashboard can become a way to see what is new among that group (or others you may find interesting).