Now that you have set up your blogs and are ready to go, there are some rules you need to follow. The following are some Blogging Guidelines for Students.
- Only post things that you would want everyone (in school, at home, in other countries) to know. Ask yourself: Is this something I want everyone to see?
- Do not share personal information. Ask yourself: Could someone find me (in real life) based on this information?
- Think before you post. Ask yourself: What could be the consequences of this post?
- Know who you’re communicating with. Ask yourself: Who is going to look at this, and how are they going to interpret my words?
- Consider your audience. Ask yourself: Do I have a good reason/purpose to do this?
- Know how to give constructive feedback. Ask yourself: What will I cause by writing this post?
- Treat other people the way you want to be treated. Ask yourself: Would I want someone to say this to me?
- Use appropriate language and proper grammar and spelling. Ask yourself: Would I want this post to be graded for proper grammar and spelling?
- Only post information that you can verify is true (no gossiping). Ask yourself: Is this inappropriate, immature or bullying?
- Anytime you use media from another source, be sure to properly cite the creator of the original work. Ask yourself: Who is the original creator of this work?
As a blogger, you will be commenting on other people’s work regularly. Good comments:
- are constructive, but not hurtful;
- consider the author and the purpose of the post;
- are always related to the content of the post;
- include personal connections to what the author wrote;
- answer a question, or add meaningful information to the content topic;
- follow the writing process. Comments are a published piece of writing.
Student Blogging Guidelines by Kim Cofino