Good Practices

Writing:

The most useful advice on good blogging practice, and the one hardest to follow, is to write, write, write. Nothing will make your writing better except for more writing.

However, quantity is not everything. Apart from the sheer mass of content you are going to produce, your writing should stand apart through its style, formatting, avoiding of spelling and grammar mistakes, courtesy of expression, and overall professional presentation. Remember, your blog will be publicly accessible and it is important that you treat your posts as text written for public consumption.

Commenting:

Make sure to comment on other students’ posts! This gives you the chance to write (see advice above) reflectively, and also encourages other people to comment on your writing. The rules of courtesy, style, grammar, and professionalism apply to your comments as well as to your posts.

Tweeting:

Even though you are limited by 140 characters, make sure your subject-related tweets include the hashtag for the relevant subject – i.e. #bcm112 or #bcm110. When re-tweeting or re-using other people’s tweets it is only polite to refer to them in the body of your tweet – i.e. via @nameofperson or RE: @nameofperson. The rules of courtesy and grammar apply to twitter too!

Dr Ted Mitew