Blogging Resources

Based on the WordPress platform, U.OSU is Ohio State’s blogging platform. It is a very flexible option for blogging and low-complexity website hosting. This means it can be utilized in a variety of ways, from hosting an ePortfolio to chronicle a research project, to providing a way to engage students in a boundary-crossing educational experience. Blogs are an excellent tool to engage the broader community in scholarly work. Below are some resources to help new bloggers get started.

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U.OSU Instructional Videos

This page, hosted by ODEE, includes links to a set of videos designed to get you up and running on the U.OSU blogging platform. Start with Creating a New Site, Creating a New Post or Page and Adding & Embedding Video, but be sure to keep this whole list of videos handy as your blog develops.

Blogging Basics – Building Bridges Through Blogging

This presentation, given by Katie O’Keefe, walks beginner-level bloggers through the basics of blogging – from writing a good post, to choosing visual elements and optimizing searchability.

The Basic Elements of Blogging

This Creative Commons Licensed concept map will help you visually keep the three basic elements of a blog post in mind. Feel free to add on, but be sure to share innovations to make everyone’s resources better.

Finding Reusable Images Through Google

This quick guide helps users find reusable content and appropriately attribute it. This is only a quick guide and only for using Google. For more complete instructions see the OSU Libraries Copyright Resources Center page (below).

The Ohio State University Libraries Copyright Resources Center

This site, hosted by the Ohio State University Libraries, is designed to answer all your questions about copyright laws and how to appropriately attribute materials, both visual and textual, in a blog post. Bookmark this site and use it for other projects and publications, as well.