There are numerous ways to create and share content online. Two popular platforms are blogs (think WordPress or Twitter – as a microblog) and wikis (think Wikipedia). Before you decide to share your content you need to determine which platform is best for you.
The video above creates a faux-debate between Nixon and Kennedy on blogs v. wikis. Watch it to learn pros and cons of each platform.
Wikis are community based and can be freely edited. Wikis are a good choice if you hope to share your ideas before finalizing them or if you want to contribute to a piece instead of starting from scratch. If you are using a wiki to collaborate with others, here are some things to think about:
- Anyone who has access to your wiki can edit it
- Most wikis are publicly accessible through the internet (you can find it with a Google search)
- Avoid sharing personal details (phone numbers, address/location details, etc) unless you want them to be public.
Wiki.ubc.ca is UBC’s wiki service using Mediawiki as the platform. PB Wiki is a popular free wiki site, check it out! Some examples of wikis in use might be helpful. Here is a partial list from the Godfather of all wikis, Wikipedia.
You can find blogs about almost any topic – from politics to education and almost everything in between. It can be a great way to showcase your work, develop your ideas (in collaboration with your readers), and share your skills with a wider circle. But blogging isn’t for everyone and (if you do decide to blog) there are a few things to consider as you look for the right blogging platform.
- Is it easy to update and maintain?
- How much does it cost if anything?
- Will it showcase my content while integrating other web 2.0 services?
If your blogging activity (writing your own and commenting on others) is a big part of your digital identity, here are a few things to keep in mind.
- Find a NICHE! There are millions of blogs out there so you will need to do more than rant about the latest political scandal to make yourself known. Check out these award winning blogs that focus on small but fascinating topics.
- Create a user friendly profile and share some information about yourself that will peek people’s interest.
- Let people know how/if you want to share your work (see creative commons, copyright, intellectual property).
- Link to the people you mention in your blog (if they have an online presence) and respond to comments.
- If you want to be found, review some tips for search engine optimization (SEO).
Check out the most popular blogging websites. They even provide tutorials on how to create your own blog.
Check out the Webbies to see some of the most well-respected and popular blogs on the net!
- Movable Type
- UBC’s Blogging Platform.
- How to Create Compelling Online Content | Entrepreneur (2015)
- Canadian Copyright Act
- 7 Things You Should Know About Blogs | Educause Learning Initiative (2005)
- 19 Things to Know Before you Start a Blog | Blog Tyrant (2016)
- eacher and Student Blogs | Edublogs
- Blogging Basics Blog
- Why I Blog | The Atlantic (2008)
- Canada Writes- Canadian Blogger Interviews| CBC
- Blogging With Students | Teacher Challenges
The Digital Tattoo Project encourages critical discussion on topics surrounding digital citizenship and online identity. There are no correct answers and every person will view these topics from a different perspective. Be sure to complete the previous sections before answering the questions.
- How do you feel about others being able to potentially edit the work you put on a wiki?
- Would you feel comfortable publishing content online for a class? Why or why not?