- ENG 406 subdomain and “About me” post due: Fri., 1/24, by 5 pm
- category = about me
- & comments on “About Me” posts due: Fri., 1/31 by 5pm
Step 1: Create an ENG 406 subdomain
In order to submit an “About Me” post, you must first create a subdomain, install WordPress, and set up a simple website for your ENG 406 course work. Consider this website your Digital Design laboratory or workshop—a place where you can create and store assignments and play around. We will use a syndicator to pull your assignment posts into the official course website, where your classmates will comment on them.
The design of your site is up to you, but your site must include categories for each assignment.
For the syndicator to work properly, the post categories must exactly match the ones we’ve designated for each assignment. These categories are case-sensitive and punctuation-sensitive. As soon as you set up your WordPress theme, go to Posts/Categories/Add New, and create the following assignment categories:
- about me
- project proposal
- lit review
- prototype 1
- prototype 2
- white paper
As soon as you have set up your ENG 406 subdomain, email the site URL to firstname.lastname@example.org so that she can set up your site in the syndicator.
Step 2: Create an “About Me” post
Write a brief autobiography or “About Me” post (max. 150 words + 1 image). This post must include:
- your first name ONLY as the title (you may use your real first name or choose a pseudonym for the seminar);
- a recent photo or drawing of yourself (embed the image in the post and set it as the featured image);
- a paragraph or two telling us about yourself;
- an active hyperlink to your ENG 406 subdomain (make sure to check “open link in a new tab”).
If you are having trouble getting started or figuring out what to say, consider taking up one of the following questions:
- Who are you?
- Why do you do what you do?
- What is the engine that keeps you up late at night or gets you going in the morning?
- Where is your happy place?
- What stands between you and your ultimate dream?
Before you publish your post, check the category: about me.
An hour or so after you publish your post, go to the course website, and click on the category “about me” in the menu at the bottom of the homepage and check to see if your post shows up.
Step 3: Comments
You must comment on at least 5 of your classmates’ posts, but try to get to know everyone by reading and commenting on them all. Spread the love: if you see that someone has already received a lot of comments, look for a post that deserves some attention.