Workshop 4/15

Hey guys i wasn’t sure if the courseweb email sending thingy was working so i’ll post a link to my blog page on here just in case some of you don’t receive my email.


Audio & Video: Embedding vs. Uploading

You might have noticed that when it comes to your audio essays and video remixes, you can’t actually upload mp3, mp4, and related files unless you have a premium WordPress account (meaning an account for which you’ve paid)—and free is key. You’ll get around this by embedding your audio and video files. This page will tell you what the difference is between embedding and uploading; this page has some tips for embedding audio files in particular. I recommend using Vimeo or Youtube to host your remix and SoundCloud to host your audio essay.

Blog Post Anatomy

Hey guys,

So I found this article by New York Times Best Selling Author Michael Hyatt. I think it explains concisely what aspects of a blog post should be on your mind when first composing a blog. Some of the items on the list were covered in our class on Wednesday, but others weren’t. For example one of the “rules” from this post was to keep the paragraphs short, which is important in my case because I always tend to go too much into detail. I recommend taking 5 minutes to read the list and ponder ways that your own posts may obey or disobey these rules.

Before You Begin: A Note for the Digital Showcase

Welcome to our collection of Writing for the Public Circulation Projects. An experiment in physically placing and inciting the circulation of information about issues local to the greater Pittsburgh area, the Circulation Project had three steps: 1) invent an artifact and method for circulating some sort of information about your local research issue on the ground in Pittsburgh; 2) implement your project; and 3) document and reflect upon your project’s implementation for our blog. A future, more formal version of the Circulation Project might ask students to invent a method for gauging public attention and response to their projects, but for now I simply wanted my students to think through a project of their own design that could take place in the spaces and among the audiences relevant to their local research issues.

Please respect the privacy of the rest of our class blog, including the student comments on these projects, by limiting your exploration only to this page and only to scrolling. When you have finished looking through the projects, please scroll back to the top of the page so that the next person can be greeted by this introduction. Many thanks—and enjoy!

Sample Blog

I have to admit, I never use or look at blogs. But I did find one that caught my eye. It’s called and I like it because of it’s simple and clean look. It hosts many different kinds of stories posted from it’s users. The top tags and trending stories are posted on the right of the blog. There are pictures that preview what goes along with each story, and I think it strengthens the overall accessibility of the blog.

Sample Blog

I have never read more than five blogs in my whole life. Sometimes when my friends make one I read it solely because it is them who wrote it. I wasn’t sure how to really go about this so I decided to just google “WordPress Blogs” and scroll through the blogs that came up. I found a blog that is about Harvey Nichols, which is a luxury fashion destination. I really liked the first page of the blog. It really caught my eye because it has one big picture with three little pictures below. I like how it has the pages listed at the top, but the picture at the bottom are also available to click on and receive information from. Below you can find the picture of the front page that first caught my eye.IMG_6076

Sample Blog

I don’t read many blogs. Out of ones that I do, though, I probably read most consistently. The reason, completely, is for the writing, as I’m a Pirates fan and this website is about the Pirates. That being said, from a design perspective the website is sound, Everything is very accessible, and I like the organization of the articles, which do a good job of previewing each one with a title, picture and a few sentences. Beyond that, the header photo immediately catches my eye and adds some color to the webpage.