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January 11, 2010
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Hello Puma Press bloggers! I hope you’re all ready to write bunches. Let’s go over the blogging basics that are required, and what is on the webpage to help you.

Required:
Editors (except graphic editors) are required to maintain a blog throughout the semester. Blog entries are required at least once a week, the deadline being Sunday at noon. Entries should reflect your blog’s theme, and should adhere to a journalistic style of writing. There is lots of freedom in this, as blogging is more focused on the writer and not the news. Opinion pieces, humor, commentary, and how-to’s are all acceptable as long as they are well written and professional.

Not Required, But Recommended:
Experimenting with different writing styles, playing with images and videos, branching off into topics you don’t normally write about, and online blog promotion. All of this is beneficial to learning online writing, but it’s not required.

Helpful Stuff:

  • Inspiration. A list of blogs to browse through if you are feeling unmotivated.
  • Prompts, in case you can’t think of what to write about.

I have also created the How-To and Guides section for your questions about blogging. I am unsure where everyone is at in their knowledge of blogging and WordPress, so please leave a comment or email me anything you’d like to know!

And Most Importantly: Don’t let this feel like a job and don’t get stressed out over this. Blogging should be fun, useful, and something you enjoy doing. If you hate it, find a way to make it more appealing. You have very few restrictions, so have fun.

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