I know you all know one another, and I think I’ve got everyone’s name down by now, but it doesn’t hurt to have a one-paragraph “this is me!” statement ready and on hand. Time permitting, we’ll talk a bit about finding your professional place on the net — what Phil Agre calls “Networking on the network” — and generally it is a good way to get your blog started. Our objective here is an entry that appears on your website and has a photograph and a short blurb about your life.
1. Set up a weblog. We had just finished this when the alarm bells started, so I don’t know how much of it you got. Actually, I do, since about half of you have already set up your blogs. In any case, if you forget, there is a walk-through here: Setting up your Schoolof.Info blog.
2. Create a new category called “Capstone Seminar.” This is needed so that only entries marked with “Capstone Seminar” will be aggregated at the course website. That way, if you want to post pictures of your dog to your blog, you don’t have to share it with the class, or if you want to keep blogging after the semester is up, you have a way of segmenting off the course-related blog postings. That is exactly what I am doing on my own blog. If you need help setting up a new category, there is another walkthrough: Add a category
3. Create a new post introducing yourself. You should talk a bit about your previous degrees, your work experience and accomplishments, and your interests. Students in my old graduate program at UW provide some good examples. You should include an image of yourself in the posting. You can do this by signing up for an account at Flickr and hosting your picture there. Again, there is a walkthrough of the process: hosting blog images at Flickr.
Your posting may not show up on the course blog right away, since I may not get the chance to add the feed until I return from New York.