How 2 Use Tech Talk Online Mag & Set Categories

When you click on the “Home” page link of my blog, this is what you see (see Fig. 1 below).

ACROSS THE TOP: Those are pages and include the Class Calendar, which I am always working on, the Syllabus, and our Textbook. These “Pages” are repeated at the bottom on the right.

ALONG THE RIGHT: These are “Categories,” which are groups of posts on the same topic.

  • “Blogging” is a category that contains my personal posts about my experience with the class, my travels, whatever. I don’t include anything that is “essential” for the class. A blog is a wonderful place to express your personality, even on the job (which I happen to be!).
  • “How Do I?” These are posts I have created to teach you how to do a whole lot of specific things, like attributing images, for example. When I write a “how to” post like this one, I look to the right of my post and click on the category I want to assign it to.
  • “WR 227 Assignment Bank” This is just what it says; by the time I get through, every single assignment will be posted there. I don’t have it filled up yet, but I’ll stay a step or two ahead of you and get them all in there probably by mid-term.
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Figure 1 A screenshot of my blog’s home page.

Now YOU do it! Never leave a post “uncategorized.” On your blog dashboard toward the top under “Add New,” you can set your Categories. You can decide, but you might have:

  • Random Blogging
  • Rough Drafts
  • Final Assignments

or Portfolio for all your finished work…you’ll figure out what makes sense for you as you go along–you can always change them as you go. Each post should be assigned to a category.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions about how my home page is organized or what categories are and how to make them.


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  1. I also found this helpful. It makes sense to have posts categorized for easy access to posts regarding the category. It’s like organizing, only digital.

  2. Thank you for this post! I wasn’t sure what to file my first post under, and I see now I should be careful what I choose. Thank you for your feedback on my first blog post. I will take any suggestions, and use it to improve my work. I think your blog is very well organize, clearly listed, and easy to read. I look forward to this term, and learning all that I can!

  3. Thank you for these tips. I liked your suggestion categories of “Final Assignments” and “Portfolio”, I think these could both be very useful as the term progresses. I am curious, are these categories also searchable? Like for instant how hashtags are on Twitter.

  4. This is very helpful. I began setting up my blog page with a personal development theme and I did not know if this was okay of if there needed to be something specific. I will continue to work on my blog to make it look fun but professional accomplishing both objectives i assume you would like us to learn. I liked the pictures and clarity you have in your blog.

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