Blogs consist of two main contributions: posts and comments. Posts start a conversation thread, while comments are responses that continue the conversation.
While anyone can contribute comments on this blog, the ability to write posts that start new conversations is by ASBO's invitation only.
What You’ll See:
Go to the main page of ASBO's Economic Recovery Blog, and browse the postings. The author’s name and the date are noted beneath each post.
You might find links that open other Web pages or documents you can download. There also links in the left column of the blog that lead to related materials, recent comments, and archived posts.
Anyone is welcome to write comments on an author’s post. Once you’ve read a post, scroll to the bottom of the text, click on the "comment" link, and type in the space provided. You’ll be asked for your name and email address, and to enter a code before submitting your comments (it verifies you’re a real person and not an automated spam program).
Commenting requires little or no experience, but good comments are thoughtful and show care in communicating with the blog audience:
- Be brief: Comments should be focused, engage with the original post or another comment, and kept to a few lines. If you want to say more, you may find other conversation threads in the Blog that address different aspects of the discussion.
- Be persuasive: Feel free to disagree, but it’s better to persuade than make pronouncements.
- Be engaging: The best comments add an interesting angle or example to the argument in the original post, or question the post with alternatives and ideas that stimulate further discussion.
All Postings Should:
- Be responsible: You’re welcome to post links to other Websites, but if you copy someone else’s text, please attribute your source as fully as possible. Documents or images you post must belong to you or come with proper permissions. (See our rules and conditions page.)
- Be respectful: Conversations flourish when participants feel welcome and safe. Humor can be a good tool, but please refrain from insulting others. And while ASBO welcomes debate on the Blog, know that personal attacks may be grounds for suspension of access to the service.
Authoring New Posts:
For this Blog, a post should be an argument, analysis, or interpretation of something related to school management. Posts can be several lines or a few paragraphs. Think of your Blog post as a very short essay, and remember that an informal or creative approach works best.
If you’re invited to be an author, you’ll receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with a user name and password. Click on the link provided to accept the invitation, and follow the instructions. You’ll be able to log in to the Blog and compose a post. There’s also a link near the top left of the Blog you can use to log back in anytime.
Thanks to Jim Sullivan, M. A., of MiraCosta College in California for ideas from his “Intro to Blogging” article, originally posted at: www.miracosta.edu/home/jimsullivan