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  • Computer with Web Browser
  • Internet
  • Mobile Application (optional)


dashboard - A dashboard is the main administrative site for the blog where authorized individuals can review statistics, start a new blog post, and make changes to the blog.

post - A post is short essay on a particular topic. It is the main feature of a blog. They are typically short, and arranged by date.

page - A page is additional information that the site owner may want available, but is not subject to regular updates.

RSS - "Rich Simple Syndication," a method where readers can subscribe to blog posts.

theme - The look and feel of the Blog site.

widget - Add-on tools and capabilities used to enhance the blog experience.


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. [1]
  • 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. [2]
  • Assign embedded bloggers - Are you attending a conference or putting together an event, assign students as embedded bloggers to report on the event. [3]
  • 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.
  • Share expertise - Share the expertise of your board, staffers, and volunteers, share why your organization exists.

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