I know blogging may seem a little scary, but there we have some guidelines to help set you up for blogging like a pro! Below are some guidelines for our blog that have been set up by BCSS.
- Make sure your work is the best it can be
- Think before you post: Make sure what you write is appropriate to put online. Would you want your teacher, parents, grandparents, etc to see this?
- Always tell the truth on your posts
- Say what you mean, and mean what you say.
- Online work is NOT private. Never say anything on a blog that you wouldn’t mind seeing on the school bulletin board, in the local newspaper or to someone’s face.
- Get descriptive in your title. The title helps your audience decide if they want to read your post or not.
- Try to link to other ideas or resources that back up the point you are trying to get across or further explain or enhance your content. (use evidence and reasons just like opinion writing)
- Is your post learning related?
- Make your writing physically attractive. Add a supportive image or video, use bullets and paragraphs appropriately.
- Give credit in your works cited list to anyone whose work you use. Never use someone else’s words/pictures and call it your own. In other words,don’t cut, copy, or plagiarize Internet content!
- Carefully proofread your online work before you post, just like you would a regular letter. Use good form, spelling and grammar.
- Capital letters are regarded as SHOUTING. Be careful with them.
- Don’t publicly criticize (or enflame) others. Don’t be offensive, and don’t ever use bad language. Be constructive!
What about comments? I do also encourage commenting on other people’s posts! I do have to approve all comments posted, so please follow the following comment guidelines.
- EX: going from write in a letter type form.
- First names only, remember not to reveal information about yourself that you wouldn’t post on the internet.
- You MUST proofread and edit your comments too.
- Be constructive, not hurtful.
- writing the comment like a letter (greeting, body, closing, signature)
- complementing the writer in a specific way, asking a question,
- and/or adding new information to the post,
- include personal connections to what the author wrote;
- answer a question, or add meaningful information to the content topic;
- Acknowledge the author of the blog post.
- Let the author know if you agree with him/her and why.
- It is also ok to disagree with something, just let the author know why you feel that way.
- One word comments are not very useful. Writing just “cool” or “nice” are not very helpful and don’t let the author of the blog post really know what you are thinking.
- Always make sure you follow “netiquette”. Think if it is appropriate BEFORE you hit the submit button.
Lastly…. always be polite . It does not matter if you agree or disagree with what you are reading in a blog. Don’t write anything you would be ashamed of saying to someone’s face. Don’t hurt someone’s feelings.
These guidelines were adapted from: http://wordpress.barrow.k12.ga.us/blogging/ and from Silvia Tolisano and Kim Cofino.
All of these guidelines will be taught and used in the classroom and are here as a reminder for when we are blogging.