The exercise of writing a blog

Written by Anna-Therese Nordeman on October 29th, 2013

As we have written in the “About Us” section of this blog, this exercise is part of our course New Media and ICT for Development at Malmö University. During four weeks (since we got started a little bit late) we have read literature, written posts and held weekly meetings in order to organize the group work. It turned out to be a challenge that we learnt a lot from, mostly due to the fact that none of us had any previous experience with WordPress.
The biggest challenge, however, has proven to be spreading the posts and creating a discussion around them. Within the group we have had access to four networks on three different social media (Facebook, Twitter and Google+) but yet we have had very few visitors to the blog. One reason can be the fact that the topic might not be interesting for our networks.

In designing the blog we wanted to have an easy to navigate and informative blog even with our few posts. We tried many, many WP-themes, trying to find one that would give us everything like:
– customizable header
– useful widgets for the sidebar, like share-boxes for social media
– the possibility to make summaries for the frontpage of all posts
– categories and tags
– a menu for About Us

With this we have succeeded, with one exception: the customizable header, that we traded for good overview and accessibility. In all, the blog has provoked interesting discussions within the group and led to a better understanding of the blog as a concept and ICT in community media.


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