Summer in the City - WordPress

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Your WordPress site acts as the sole vehicle for the documentation of your city field study. Your site will include:

  • your field study plan
  • weekly entries of text
  • photos
  • may also include sound
  • mapping - a Google Map will be integrated into your site for mapping purposes, (popup detail bubbles as you mouse over your city’s pinpointed locations).

The text will include:

  1. information on the progress of your field study activities
  2. how your selected field study reading is informing your work, and
  3. impressions of your city.

You will are also review the WordPress sites of other students in the program and comment on at least two sites each week.

Why a Wordpress site?

An academic journal

  • Brainstorm session: what might your journals include?

Journaling tips

  • make connections between what you are experiencing/perceiving and the course readings
  • write frequently, at least 2 times per week if not more. Write when impressions are fresh. If you are not near a computer keep a paper journal then type up your notes later.
  • capture the experience of a place with images and audio
  • interact what other students' journals. They are going through a similar experience, how are they approaching their journal and the academic challenges of the course?
  • Your site is public. You are publishing your ideas for the world to find and read if they are interested in what you have to say. If you don't want your mother or future employer to read it, then set the privacy settings accordingly.
  • This site won't live forever, it will be deleted once you leave Evergreen but you can take the structure and text it with you.

Tips for geo-blogging

  • keep track of the location for each journal entry, intersection/address info
  • if possible, use a camera that captures gps coordinates

Getting started with a new web site

Setting Up Maps

See: GeoMashup Google Maps plugin


Plugins add functionality to your site. To use them use must first activate. Some useful plugins include:

Things to know about your blog