August 20th, 2007

WordpressAllow me to take a step back for a minute, and remind you that you are on “umwblogs.org,” and this site is written using blog software.

Now, you’ve probably heard of this “blog” thing before, and you might have even read a few of them in your time. Heck, you might already have one yourself, but if you don’t, you can get one for free. For the sheltered children, “blog” is shorthand for “web log,” or an online space where you can write and express your thoughts to others, who leave you comments and feedback on your writing. Think of a blog like a public journal.

There are many resources available online which offer free blogs, but my personal favorite is WordPress. WordPress is actually freely available software, and is the engine which powers many of the most popular blogs on the Internet. In fact, WordPress powers the entire umwblogs.org site. Downloading and installing WordPress applies to you if you have your own web hosting, but if not, you can sign up for a free, customizable WordPress blog at www.wordpress.com. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can always sign up for a free blog at the umwblogs.org homepage.

Mash the big honkin’ “SIGN UP NOW” button on the WordPress.com front page to start your own blog. Unless you have the brain of an iguana, which you don’t, because you’re at UMW, you should be able to set up your own blog by following the step-by-step instructions. Once you are set up, feel free to write and comment! Since so much of what we do revolves around WordPress, expect more advanced WordPress tutorials as this site expands, and the server cats continue their mighty quest.

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