Setting up your Writing 444 Portfolio

As the syllabus says, you will collect your writing projects this term in your “Writing 444 Portfolio,” which will actually be a wordpress.com blog.  Here are some basic instructions on how to set it up.

First, go to WordPress.com, and follow the instructions on the site. Second, get busy.

(I told you the instructions were basic).

But seriously, it is really easy, and part of the point of this assignment is I want you to figure out how to use WordPress and to set up a portfolio that works well for you and that I can easily access and understand.  You’ll have ample time to play around with your site.  And, of course, I’ll give you some feedback as the term goes along, and we can use the space here to seek ask and answer questions, seek and provide help, etc.  But here are some tips to get you started:

  • Here’s a sample version of this that I set up.  Your 444 portfolio doesn’t have to look exactly like this of course, but it should look something sorta/kinda like this.
  • Poke around the wordpress.com site a bit– take a look at the features, the “our story,” the blog for WordPress.com, etc.  And once you set up an account, don’t be afraid to experiment a little.  You probably aren’t going to “break” anything.
  • Once you set up an account, be sure to visit http://support.wordpress.com,which is the “Support” site for WordPress.  If you have a question and/or get stuck on how to do a particular thing, there’s a pretty good chance that there is an answer and step by step instructions on that thing on this site.  Specifically, I’d recommend the following parts of the site:

2 Responses to Setting up your Writing 444 Portfolio

  1. swilso93 says:

    Hello!
    Do we need to make a whole new blog? I still have posts from another class on it, last semester. Is it okay to leave those on the blog? Just wondering.
    Samantha Wilson

    • Steve Krause says:

      Yes, you should make a new one. You can have multiple accounts on your wordpress.com account, so that’s not an issue– let me know if you get stuck on how to do that.

      The other thing is it is probably best to not think of this as a “blog” where you are going to have regular updates. Rather, think of WordPress.com as a “content management tool” which allows you to publish dynamic web sites. Key to this distinction is the notion of “pages” instead of “posts.” Basically, you will want to write pages and not posts.

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