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The moderator’s responsibilities

You must take responsibility for your blog and for others’ comments. There are some important steps to take to protect your blog from, for example, spam comments advertising unsavoury pharmaceuticals or worse.

This will be the start of a series of posts encouraging you to think about writing carefully in your blog, e.g.:

  • Don’t post anything online that you wouldn’t say in person
  • Be selective about posting about your on-going research, although blogs and social media is an excellent way to share “prototypes”
  • Be cautious about posting photos or the names of other people if you’re involved in a sensitive issue

You must also take responsibility not just for your own words but for the comments you allow on your blog, e.g.

And you should follow these Essential WordPress Security Tips – Is Your Blog Protected? 

We’re blogging for the pursuit of academic study, but is it enough to lock down your blog so that anonymous comments are not allowed? Maybe you want to signal your appetite for discussion on the blog – we’ll show you how…

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How to write better to encourage more people to read your blog

This is the first in a short series of posts about how to write for your blog.

Here we’ll explore some ways to help encourage more people to read your blog. This seems straightforward and common sense – but it won’t hurt to outline here some strategies which you can employ every time you blog. And a few to use more sparingly.

The topics we’ll cover over the next few posts about how to plan what you’re going to write include:

  • Titles
  • SEO (see Titles and other posts in the series)
  • White space
  • Images
  • Your “voice”
  • What to write about
  • Link to previous posts on your blog, and to others
  • Keywords
  • Proofread what you’ve written, and “Preview”
  • Be consistent and be persistent

Later series will also look at how to promote your blog.

Please come back and read this series about how to write for your blog. It is part of presentations about how to build your online presence around your blog for the courses:

…which we teach at the University of Oxford IT Services.

It’s a version of a post in the blog of the Education Enhancement Team.

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