Crafting a Blog Post
Online Features of a Blog
Now it's our turn to write a blog post. One type of blog post is to write a reflection on something. Today, we will write a reflection on something we've learned in Laptop BootCamp.
The word “reflection” means the act of “bending back again.” Like a face in a mirror or sunlight on a lake, images or light are bent back toward you. When we reflect on our learning, we think back to what we used to know and realize how our thinking has changed.
For a good blog post, you need a beginning, a middle, and an end.
In a Google doc, make a list of ideas for your bootcamp reflection blog post. Think about everything we've done so far in bootcamp: opening kickoff session, setting up your laptop, one of the lessons you've attended...
Start writing a draft of your reflection blog post. Keep your saved draft in Google docs for tomorrow.
Remember yesterday's Think Before You Post lesson? What are the three things we should think about before we post anything online?
Along with following the online sharing guidelines in Think Before You Post, we should also make sure that the posts that we publish online are of good quality.
Compare your list of what makes a good quality blog post from yesterday to our SAS Checklist for a Meaningful Blog POST - the "POST filter".
Use this checklist each time you make a blog post. Notice the T is Think Before You Post!
One thing that makes blogging unique is the ability to add media (photos, videos, audio, etc) to your writing to help illustrate your point. We cannot use media unless we’ve been given permission from the artist. (Think Before You Post!)
Look at your reflective blog post, make a short list of search terms for images that might help your readers understand your blog post better. Now use the SAS Guide to Copyright Friendly Media to find photos you have permission to use. By following this guide, you are making sure that you have permission to use the photos that you find. The SAS Guide to Copyright Friendly Media gives you the following four options for media you have permission to use.
Experiment with Google Stock Images and CC Search to find a photo you can use for your blog post. (Click the image above for instructions for each of those methods.) Once you find a photo you like, put credit information into your google doc draft. (Again, see the guide above for how to give credit.)
Now that you have a draft blog post with a photo to go with it, we are ready to publish!