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Website and Blog

due

Many due dates spread across the semester. See the daily schedule (Part I & Part II) or the component pages for this project (blog, website, & reflective analysis) for the various due dates.

deliverables

  • your web address (URL), posted in the “website addresses” forum in the Discussions section of Canvas  by Thursday, Sept. 8
  • for the website: a “welcome,” “about,” and “long-form webtext” page, and  one page of your choosing
  • for the blog: 10 blog posts and a blogroll
  • a 1000-1250 word (approximately 4-5 pages double-spaced) reflective analysis submitted via the Canvas Assignments section of our class page.

grading

300 points total (split into 25% of final grade):

  • Blog Posts: 100 pts
  • Website Header, Welcome, and About Pages: 50 points
  • Web 4th Page
  • Reflective Analysis: 50 points

overview

This is the first major project for the course and consist of several scaffolding assignments including the Design Plan and the Blog Analysis.

You will post to your blog weekly for 10 weeks. The rest of your site (what we are calling the website portion) should be at least four pages (Welcome, About,  Long-Form Webtext, and a fourth page of your choosing). The fourth page should fit your online identity as you define it in your design plan and reflective analysis.

guidelines

The objective for your WordPress site is to create a unified space for your static web content and your dynamic blog. This means that you should think about the visual and written design of each element in relationship to the whole project. For example, no one will experience your About page in isolation from the rest of your site. Many people will navigate to your site via a link to a specific blog post and navigate from that post to the About and other pages. With that in mind make sure that when crafting an individual page or post you always ask yourself how what you are creating furthers the online identity you defined for yourself in your design plan.

At the end of the project I will evaluate  the rhetorical effectiveness of the website/blog: how its statement of purpose (audience, purpose, and context) is addressed through its content (the posts and pages), its visual design, and the blogroll/links section. Your reflective analysis will be central to my evaluation here.

For the guidelines for each component of the project, please visit the following pages:

blog requirements

website requirements

reflective analysis

examples

below are examples of websites that follow a format similar to the one we will use for this project (welcome page, about page, additional pages as necessary, and a blog). Some of these sites have the blog as the homepage, some have a welcome, and others have a combination of material on the homepage. Explore these sites as examples of what is possible and talk with me if you want to use a site navigation that is different from the standard setup for this project.

When I Grow Up Coach

Thekla Richter

Superhero Life

Rachel W Cole

Brené Brown

Seth Godin

Jonathan Fields

Lawrence Lessig

Todd Mitchell

Neil Gaiman

and for something completely different, Karl Stolley


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