Now that you have handed in your globalisation essay, signed up to the Diigo group (go back NOW and do that if you haven’t!), and had a discussion about political ideology, it is time for you to create your own blog. We will hopefully be blogging with few different classes this year – both in Australia and America. I have found some classes that are doing similar topics to us, and so you will be reading and commenting on their blogs, as they will be on yours.
To get a blog, sign up at http://www.globalstudent.org.au. You will find the ‘Create a Blog’ link about half way down on the left hand side of that site. You will need to put in a username (you can use whatever you like as long as you can remember it!) and then your email address. When you get to the section that asks you to put in the URL for your blog (as opposed to its title) just know that you cannot change the URL. You can change the title later. For example, the URL of my blog is ‘jessmc.global2.vic.edu.au’ but the title is JMC’s Classes.
Once you have signed up, watch a couple of video tutorials (you can find them here) and then publish your first post about your political ideology – if you feel comfortable doing that. If not, write a post about what interests you about international politics – what makes you sad? what makes you angry? what do you want to learn more about? You may also want to consider putting your globalisation essay onto your blog as a post too.
Please remember not to use your surname at all, ESPECIALLY not in your blog URL. First names only thanks.
When you have got your blog set up, let me know what your URL is. I’ll add it to my Google Reader and my blog. You should also add each others to your Reader account so you can easily keep in touch with what everyone else is doing, as well as commenting every now and again!
Your blog will be a place for you to display your work, write posts about anything that interests you about international affairs, embed relevant videos, add groovy little widgets to the sidebar. I’ll show you plenty of those shortly.