D4DME – Blog Formatting

In our most recent seminar, we were shown how to make our blogs look professional and more stylish. The majority of our blogs were untidy and all over the place so Garrett went through various ways in which we can make our pages more consistent regarding images, text and tags/categories.

  • Text: The way in which I changed the way I inserted text into the blog post is by trying to keep my blog posts short and sweet but still manage to get straight to the point. Bullet points are a great way to stop yourself from rambling on so I will definitely begin to use more of these.
  • Images: In previous units, I just uploaded images as WordPress decided to size and place them, this proved an issue when trying to fit more than 1 image on one line as they looked uneven and messy. Garrett suggested we create an image template which we import all our images and screenshots into before uploading. I had a play around an decided that a width of 800px was a perfect fit to go in line with my text. I then used the photo editor ‘GIMP’ to change all the photos I had already imported for this unit and it already looks 100x better than before. Here is the template I use.

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  • Video: A great way of evidencing research is by embedding videos onto our blogs. I discussed one video from YouTube in one of my posts so decided to actually insert the video so that readers can immediately watch the specific video I was discussing.
  • Categories: Since the start of the course I have used various categories but it was made clear in our seminar that these should be limited and there shouldn’t be too many. I had to go back to my few few tasks and categorise them all together as I didn’t grasp the point of categories until the other day. I now know that they should be generic and be able to apply to most tasks that I complete. After sorting through all my posts I managed to narrow down 18 categories to just 9 which makes my blog much more organised and structured.
  • Tags: In previous tasks I refrained from using tags as I thought that they wouldn’t help me/others if I did. It was pointed out in the seminar that tags should be used for thematic content that may run across various categories such as research, planning, internet etc. I went through all previous posts and altered the various tags so that the entire blog is now supporting the same use of categories and tags throughout – increasing consistency.