Official blog of Clark's Blogging for Journalists class, Mass Communication department

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Blog checklist

By now, your blog should have
  1. Title
  2. explanation (what this blog is about--optional)
  3. Your photo
  4. Your bio
  5. Blog archive
  6. Follow me
  7. Date of each blog post at top of post
  8. Introductory blog post

Monday, January 26, 2015

Are you my type?

Doesn't matter what you post if people can't read it, or if it's hard to read. Your job is to make it easy.

 Read today, for Thursday class:

Also check

2. How does the type measure up on your blog? One good thing, one weakness? Comment below by 5 pm Wednesday.

Read  this:

Clark’s Guide to

Readable Typography for Blogs

(Or anything, for that matter)

1.         Serif—Easiest to read
2.         Sans Serif—harder to read the smaller it is or the more of it there is
3.           Most body type should be about 12 point in size

4.           Script is hard to read--invitations only

5.           Italic is hard to read

6.         Only center type
          On Invitations,
            Or Titles, not
            On most  material


8.                  REVERSE TYPE 
should be at a
And bold
And small san serif 
is hard to read
As is colored type
on reverse  
10.             Screens can make type hard to read

Especially over sans serif

Or heavy and colored screens

11.               Weak colors disappear

12.               Colored type isn’t as effective
As black type, or dark type on a light background

13.      Don’t  Mix Lots of Type Faces

14.            Stick with a few
                  that are compatible

Passion in blogging

Read this, and blog about it today:

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Your url

Email me your blog's url: Like this:

Terry Clark,

Send to :

Blog statistics, history

1. Check this link:
2011 blogsophere
2. Search the web to find one bit of history on blogging
3. Due by 11 Thursday, Jan. 22

Find 10 in 20

Take 20 minutes. Go to and to

1. Find ten blogs of interest to you. Copy links to your blog.

2. Choose one of the blogs you discovered today, or another one you prefer.
Write a two paragraph evaluation of the blog, addressing the following ideas:
  1. What are its strengths?
  2. What ideas about blogging and your blog do you get from it?
  3. What are its weaknesses and how could be improved?
Be sure to include the link to the blog, and include at least one visual image, plus labels at the end of your post.

List by end of class. Comment by 5 p.m. Wed. Sept. Jan. 21

Monday, January 12, 2015

Course requirements

From the syllabus

  • Faithful attendance. Grade will drop one level for each three absences. You may not make up missed in class writing and take a 0. If you miss more than 6 class sessions, you will flunk. NO LATE WORK. Any late work will earn a “0.”
  • Be on time to class. Three times late equals an absence.
  • Design and creation of a blog.
  • The ability to write complete sentences, grammatically correct.
  • Weekly postings on the blog, including class notes, and speaker stories.
  • Note: you must post every week, starting with week three. If you miss a week, you lose points. (Hint—in the past, students with the most posts get higher grades than those with minimal or insufficient ones).
  • Following an professional blog in your area, with blog report, presentation.
  • 500-word essay on blogs in today’s world.
  • Note: Your blog must contain original writing. If it is a photography blog, you must have words with every photo, and the blog must have more than captions.
  • Follow There will be assignments on this blog, with deadlines. Missed deadlines mean a 0 for the assignment.

What is expected

What do you expect ?
Out of professors, this class, this department, this university?

What I expect of you:
·     To write, speak well
·   To think critically
        (To ask questions)
·   To solve problems
·   To be creative
·   To act ethically
     (Including respecting others)
·   To work hard
·   To be adept at technology
·   To be passionate
·   To act like this class is a job
    (Be here, and on time)

Assignment One

Assignment one:
1. Welcome bloggers. Check and read these links by Thursday.

2. What are two things you learned you didn't know about blogging, posted below by 5 pm Wed. Jan 14.

3. What have you decided for a title for your blog?

4. Do you have a separate gmail account yet?

5. Once that is set up and you have a blog, have your blog become a follower of this blog, and Coffee with Clark.

In class view:Blogging founder
Did you know

6. Assignment: view this blog, before 5 p.m. Jan. 14 Blog tutorial

Day one agenda

  • Intros
  • Fact sheets
  • Interests
  • Syllabus
  • Book
  • Need gmail account separate from university
  • Twitter account
  • NY Times
  • Set ups
  • Show Coffee with Clark
  •  Title area of blogging
  • Video on blogging
  • Picking name of blog
  • Viewing other student blogs
  • What we expect?
  • Assignments: Technorati —state of the blogosphere