Blog post 8: Improve your website

You have created a website using WordPress. Not the blog for this course. Not the blog for bootcamp. I mean your real website — the one I would see if I went to “yourname.com.” For example, mine is mindymcadams.com.

Last week you critiqued a professional journalist’s website, in Blog Post 4. It’s time to start making your website more like that.

How do you get started? There are three things you can do right now:

  1. Choose a WordPress theme that is suitable for a professional journalist’s portfolio. In particular, make sure the home page of your website sends a clear signal that this is professional portfolio site.
  2. Write a personal statement that makes you appear serious, professional, committed, hire-able.
  3. Construct a resume page on a WordPress page that will be easy for you to update in the future. NOT A PDF. A live, searchable Web page, built inside your WordPress theme.

Before you write this blog post, you must do those three things.

Then write the blog post. Include links to any WordPress tutorials or help pages or help videos you consulted.

You should be learning how to use WordPress and make it do what you want. How can you learn more about using WordPress? Search.

Requirements for your blog post

  1. The length must be (minimum) 300 to (maximum) 500 words.
  2. Include the complete URL of the home page of your personal website.
  3. Include a link to the page where we can read your personal statement. If that is your home page, say so.
  4. Include a link to your separate resume page.
  5. Write intelligently so that a prospective employer, reading your post, will think you are highly interested in learning how to do Web things. (Show, don’t tell.)
  6. Write an appropriate and interesting headline for your blog post.
  7. After you publish your blog post ON YOUR OWN BLOG, copy the URL of your post page and paste it in a REPLY to this post, here, on this blog. If you paste a complete URL on a line by itself, it will automatically become a working link. That is what I want.

Please read about grading criteria for blog posts in this course. Those criteria apply to all blog post assignments.

Deadline

Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 9 a.m.

Your reply posted here must be submitted before 09:00:00 in order to receive credit.

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About Mindy McAdams
I teach courses about digital journalism at the University of Florida. I love to travel. I ride a Vespa. You can find me on Twitter (@macloo).

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