MEN OF SCIENCE!

What the *SYMBOLS* are we doing?


READY! GO! SET! …waitaminute…

When you’re setting up the a blog the first thing you want to do is…. umm… is….

Initial Setup…

Download a copy of WordPress (www.wordpress.org) and stare at it for a few days. Right… so then, after that, you… realize you don’t know anything about graphic design or WordPress theme coding so you find a theme online. Next register a domain named based upon onomonopia derived from a parody voice over of the first Harry Potter movie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u981JhkK46o). Kabloomers.com, done.

The Comments System…

Excellent, you’re well on your way to putting hours of work into writing material that only 2% of your friends will read. Part of building a readership relies upon allowing people to put in their 2 cents. If the 2% of your friends who are reading this blog are all putting in their 2 cents, then you have a successful blog! The commenting system I chose is called Disqus (www.disqus.com) and it allows people to log into your blog using a variety of pre-existing accounts that they might have, such as: facebook, twitter, or open ID (whatever that is). Other than easy login, this system has a variety of plugins that integrate within WordPress which allow you to track, display, and respond to user comments. Also, people are used to commenting and “like”ing things as they do in Facebook so it’s best to go with what people know so that they’re more likely to contribute. The more work people have to go through to post a response, the less likely they are to put those valuable two pennies in.

The Workflow…

Ian enters keywords What we have here is a visual representations of our collective confusion. Even though your content is the most important part of your blog it can be equally important how your organize that content. If your blog is just a mess of uncategorized posts sorted by the date they are posted, then it is more than likely that you will bury good content that people would be interested in reading. If I go to a tech blog and lookup iPhone and I don’t find at least 10 articles relating to AT&T followed by a variety of curse words, then how can I truly call myself an informed individual? .

Categories are goGrouping related content by Categories and Tags will help people look up articles based on subjects that they’re interested in at that moment, and it will also encourage them to read on to other material that they wouldn’t have immediate access to or knowledge of.

 

 

 

 

Calling a lifeline…

Truth be told, neither Ian, nor myself have any real idea of what we’re doing here. Basically we’re winging it, and when I wing it I like to bring as many perspectives into the equation as possible. So here’s a picture of me bothering a friend over Skype about this whole process.

More to come as I continue on this fool’s errand…

Disqus and Kat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

~ Chris

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