For the Makerbots and Mashups FSEM, you have 3 choices for a platform for your blog.
All three options are free to you as students at UMW. Tumblr is the easiest, and we recommend it for those of you who are not familiar with creating and maintaining web content. Once you’ve signed up for a Tumblr account, you can post whatever you want to your site. You can also customize your site to suit your individual preferences. You should follow the Thinklab’s Tumblr blog.
UMW Blogs is a web publishing platform managed by UMW’s Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies. UMW Blogs uses Word Press, which is an easy way to create and post content to the web. As a student at UMW, you can have a blog at no charge.
Domain of One’s Own is the most complicated of the three options. Again, it is free as long as you are a student at UMW. DOOO gives you a the opportunity to register your own Internet domain, which you can use to create a portfolio of all your work while at UMW. The domain will remain yours after you graduate, provided you decide to start paying for it.
Blogging regularly is one of the expectations of students in this course. The best way to approach your blog is to post as you go. Use your camera to capture pictures of your work as you go along. Document your successes — and your failures! Talk about what worked and what didn’t work. Share your ideas for things you’d really like to make.