Blog FAQ

HOW TO SET UP YOUR BLOG:

Step One: Get your blog at http://www.wordpress.com

Whether you have a blog already or not, you must get a new one for this programme.

Step Two: Tell me your blog address.

After you have set up your blog, please report your blog address here (so that you can be graded!):

Step Three: Start writing!

>>> Instructions for writing posts, logging in and other features of wordpress.com are found here <<<

BLOGS

“What if I don’t want my blog to show up on search engines?”

Simple, just do this:
Settings > Reading > Discourage search engines from indexing this site

“What if I don’t want this blog to be shown when someone types in my name on Google?”

Then don’t use your full name at any point on the blog. If others list you on their blogroll on their own blogs, ask that they don’t use your full name.

“Can I delete my blog?”

When marks have been returned to you and the module board has met (usually by August), you can delete it, continue to write or change it as you wish.

“What if I already have a blog, can I use that for this programme?”

No. Please use a separate blog for this programme.

“I use my blog for my business and don’t want to post my reflections on it. What can I do?”

Then, don’t use your MACE blog for your business. Please use a separate blog for this programme.

“Can I backdate my posts?”

No. Post are collected as you publish them, with their own timestamp. Changing the date on your posts is academic misconduct.

“Can I put all of my posts together in one post?”

No. Each post needs to be separate. One post equals just that—one post. No exceptions.

“What if I want to write something negative about my teammates or someone else?”

Don’t do this. The purpose of the blog is to write down ideas and lessons for the future, not to vent or complain about others. If you want to reflect on a negative experience, do so in general terms, without using names or places. This is simply good practice in acting professionally.

“How do I make a reference in my reflective essay?”

The reflective essay is written in first person. To reference something, create a hyperlink. For example:

I learned how to write my reflective essay, when I read the comments under the FAQ page.

Notice how the word above is a link. This is how you can create a “reference” in your reflective essay.

Good references are the same as any other reference you would include in a report. Referencing a friend is not a quality source, unless they so happen to be an authority in what you are discussing. Wikipedia is an interesting resource, but it changes constantly and therefore is not something that can be used statically. Keep this principle in mind when you link to a webpage and ask yourself, “Is this page likely to be here a year from now?” If the answer is no, consider whether this is a good link or not.

“Can I quote myself?”

Yes, if you are referencing a previous post, for example:

In July I realised that “our diversity guarantees we will always remain a part of the global creative and business community”.

This is how you could link to the source of the post you wrote in July (as an example).

HOWEVER, please don’t just quote yourself. It’s not only vein, but boring. It’s best for you to draw on a range of external sources. Have you found anything online this year connected to this programme that inspired you? Good! Reference it!

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