Why are we doing this?
You’ve probably heard of the Wikipedia. All those people collaborating to produce free knowledge for everyone. It’s very inspiring. Does it bother you that 87% of the contributors to the Wikipedia are male?
Are you at all worried to learn that 2/3 of bloggers are male, according to a recent survey on Technorati?
A 2010 survey by the website Internet Evolution established the 100 most influential people on the internet. How many were women? Eight.
Let’s face it. Technology is here to stay. It will have an overwhelming influence on your life. There are a lot of highly-paid jobs in technology, and digital culture is becoming more and more influential. Whether male or female, we need to find a way to work together, because when everyone contributes, we have a healthier society. One of the most important things we do in women’s studies is to help our students learn to speak out. We want to make sure our students understand that their voice has value. That’s why we’re doing this.
SO…. Get started by exploring your blog. Don’t be afraid of it. If you do something stupid, you can erase it. It’s YOUR blog. Can you figure out how to post an image? That’s a great way to get attention for your post. Give it a try. If you can’t, we’ll discuss how to do it in my next blog post.
The first thing I did when I got my blog was to visit my dashboard. I had a good look around at all the things I could do with this blog, but decided to keep it simple. I want a blogroll of all the blogs in our class. The first one that was sent to me is
https://gar2585.wordpress.com/ See it in the menu on the right-hand side? I’d like to add your blog, too, if you send me the address.
To add another student’s blog to your blogroll, do these four things:
(1) Find the dashboard, (top panel, >>my blogs >>dashboard). On the dashboard, look in the far left-hand menu bar, choose “links.”
(2) Click “add new” and add the address of the blog. Look at the other addresses in there. Do you want to keep them? Then, click “add link” on the right hand side (blue button).
(3) Look a little further down, under “categories,” click “blogroll”
(4) Go to the left hand sidebar again, and go down to “Appearance,” fourth from the bottom. Click on it, and choose “widgets” from the drop-down menu. Drag the “links” widget into the right-hand sidebar. That sets up your blogroll for everyone to see.
Then click on the name of your blog, at the top of the page. It’s a link that takes you back to the main page.