Over the course of the semester, you will track your thoughts on writing arguments and your responses to course readings by blogging on the communal, public course website. Blog posts serve two main functions: (1) helping you to reflect on readings and (2) preparing you for Writing Projects. Blog post prompts will be available on D2L and on the course website at the start of each unit. Most blog posts will be assigned on Thursdays and due to the course site the following Tuesday.
Don’t think this blog is busy work! This is a place to express yourself and track your growth as a writer and intellectual as well as start work in a new medium and genre. Many students say this is their favorite part of the course.
Blog posts will be considered complete if posts
- fully respond to the prompt,
- are at least 500 words, and
- are submitted on time.
While interactive media are not necessary for completeness, I highly recommend taking advantage of the medium and including hyperlinks, images, video, audio, etc.
To create an account and log in:
After the first day of class, you will receive an email to your TCU email account from WordPress titled “[Implicit Arguments Course] Login Details.” When first logging in, copy and paste the first link, which may not be a clickable blue link, to set up your password. After your first login, you can change your username and begin contributing to the website.
For all future logins, visit whitneylewjames.com/implicit-arguments-course/wp-admin.
Once you log in, you will be taken directly to the “Dashboard.”
To write a blog post:
From the “Dashboard,” you can create, edit, and delete your own blog posts. You can read the work of your peers by going to the front end of the website: whitneylewjames.com/implicit-arguments-course
- On the left side, there will be a menu. To create a new blog entry, click “Posts” and then “Add New.”
- Write your blog post! Make sure to include an original title and include images, links, videos, etc.
- This is a very important step, scroll down to “Categories,” which will appear on the right side menu. Make sure to check your name as the “Category,” otherwise, it will not be attached to your user and could get lost in the ether (also known as “Uncategorized”).
- After selecting yourself as the category, you can “Publish” at the top right and “Preview.”
- Just as in any other program, work can be lost at times, so make sure to “Save Draft” or “Publish” before leaving the page.
- If you make changes to your blog post, you must click out of the current “block” you are working in and click “Update” to make sure the revisions are published.