WordPress Tutorial


For this class, you’ll publish nearly all your personal and group work via a blog here on WordPress.com.

First, what’s a blog?

But why a blog? What’s the big deal?

The Atlantic – Why I blog

Blogging is therefore to writing what extreme sports are to athletics: more free-form, more accident-prone, less formal, more alive. It is, in many ways, writing out loud….The historic form closest to blogs is the diary….But a blog, unlike a diary, is instantly public. It transforms this most personal and retrospective of forms into a painfully public and immediate one. It combines the confessional genre with the log form and exposes the author in a manner no author has ever been exposed before.

How do you get started?

The friendly folks at WordPress.com have you covered. Check out the following two guides. You’ll first create your personal account and blog. Please use your first and last name AND ODU email address when you sign up.

Learn WordPress.com  – Here, you’ll go step-by-step through the sign-up process.

WordPress.com – Introduction

Here’s a quick video overview of your Dashboard – the control center for your blog.

Tags and Categories

Tags and categories are important ways to organize your posts and pages. So what’s the difference? Check out this explanation on categories versus tags and how to use them. Well tagged posts are vital to adding your voice to the broader conversation in this class and on the Internet.

  • Categories of a post: (how to add a post category) You should have at least one: Assignments. Organize the abstracts and other assignments you do for this class with this category. You can have other general categories like Reflections, News, etc. Whatever works to help you organize your content within your blog.
  • Tags: These are like keywords (how to add a post tag) Include stem110t on ALL your posts that relate to this class, especially your abstracts and other assignments. These will show up in the WordPress Tag Surfer when anyone searches for the tag. Also try to include 3-5+ extra tags that help — and others — describe your post.

How to follow

Then, after you’re signed in, come back and check this guide on How to Follow another Blog. There are a few different ways to do so. Probably the easiest is to click the Follow button at the top menu bar for this blog (and all blogs on WordPress.com, including your classmates!)

If you use Google Reader (connected with your ODU Google Apps account) or some other RSS reader client, follow the main STEM110T course blog at https://stem110t.wordpress.com

Ways to connect

WordPress goes where you go, whether on your computer or your mobile device, whether you’re on campus or 1,000 miles away. You can stay up-to-date on the latest posts from me, as well as manage and publish to your own blog and the blogs of others. So long as you have an Internet connection, you’re connected to our class. Check out some of the following options in this page on Apps for WordPress.

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