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discussion - A page associated with a page where visitors can discuss contents surrounding a page's topics..

main page - also known as the home page. Typically the first page a visitor sees.

page - A page contains the content for a specific piece of content.

Blogs - "A Blogs is a website which allows its users to add, modify, or delete its content via a web browser using a simplified markup language or a rich-text editor." [1]


Ideas for using Blogs to Support Informal Learning

  • Follow Blogs – Find some bloggers in your areas of interest. Recommend subscribing to their RSS feeds.
  • Start a writing circle – Get support, ideas, and posts from fellow bloggers.
  • Subscribe to a writing blog - Get tips and inspiration from bloggers who write about blogging.
  • Write about your interests - Blogs do not have to be on serious topics, you can post images, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, etc.
  • Comment on other blogs - If you find something that resonates with you, take time to comment on the blog.
  • Challenge yourself - Expand your skills by writing on specific topics, specific word counts, or creating a topic list, etc.
  • Write a guest post - If asked, write a guest post for someone else's blog. You can also contact blog authors and offer to write a post.
  • Participate in blogging challenges - Consider participating in a sponsored blogging challenge, e.g., posting once a day for 30 days, etc.
  • Share ideas for feedback - Share your halfbacked ideas and get feedback from your readers.
  • Lifelong learning - Participate in a subject as a lifelong learner, use a blog to reflect on content and share your knowledge.

Ideas for using Blogs to Support Education

  • Write a blog as a journal – When tasked to keep a journal in class, start a blog instead. Make your writing count by writing to the world.
  • Reading log audit - Have students write a blog entry about their blog entry. Have them analyze their own writing. [2]
  • Follow Educational Blogs – Find some bloggers in your areas of interest. Recommend subscribing to their RSS feeds.
  • Reflect on your teaching - Use a blog to reflect on your teaching style and methods.
  • Keep and expedition journal - Rather think of ideas to write about, write about your journey. [3]
  • Assign embedded bloggers - Are you attending a conference or putting together an event, assign students as embedded bloggers to report on the event. [4]
  • Improve visual literacy - Assign students a photoblog as an assignment.
  • Blog on course - Have students write reflections on course instruction in a common blog. Each student sees the instruction through their own experiences.
  • Course administration - Use a blog to communicate regularly with your students on issues regarding a course.
  • Project management - Have student document the status of their group project and thought processes for decisions them make.
  • 'Research journals - have students use a blog as a research journal where they document their processes for a larger project.

Ideas for using Blogs to Support Business

  • Document management - Blogs are great places to store and link to documents.

Ideas for using Blogs to Non-Profits

  • Keep readers informed - Use your blog to keep your readers informed about current discussions relevant to non-profits.
  • Connect with volunteers - Use your blog to connect with volunteers and let them know where they can help.
  • Prepare for annual reports - By regularly posting to your blog, you can collect material to be used in your annual report.
  • Report from a conference or event - Have staffers and volunteers post blog entries from an event or conference to those who could not make it.
  • Support a campaign - If you have a campaign, use a blog to generate support for the campaign.

Useful Additional Resource

Here is a learning developed by the University of Wyoming.

Learning Guide:Blogging

Section 1 | Section 2 | Section 3 | Section 4 | Section 5 | Section 6


  1. Blogs. (2012, June 13). In Blogspedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 21:46, June 19, 2012, from
  2. Sample, M. (2010, October 11). Making Student Blogs Pay Off with Blog Audits. ProfHacker. Retrieved from
  3. Guhlin, M. (2012, March 8). From Churning Butter to Expedition Journal - Blogging. Around the Retrieved from
  4. Easley, K. (2012, March 15). Blogging on the Fly: 5 Huge Tips for Blogging Big Events. Socialmediatoday. Retrieved from