Beyond “turning in your homework” I urge you to work to make your blog an “ePortfolio” that will serve you at CSULB and beyond.

Cool story: Jenny Lawson, AKA The Bloggess, didn’t think anyone would even want to read her irreverent tales, but because of her blog, an agent discovered her and insisted on publishing her book: Let’s Pretend this Never Happened (a mostly true memoir) debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List. Her blog got her a book deal, and now her book is bringing more people to her blog.



Your Website!

Your blog can be totally yours! Make the look and feel be about Physical Training, or Cars, or Biology Research, or Cosplay. It’s your site, express your identity, create your community, and reach out to your public.

The Art110 Part

All you have to do for Art110 is to have a Drop-Down Menu or something like it, to easily find your Art110 activities.

For full credit each post should include:

  1. Title with week, topic & subject
  2. Full Name of the artist or classmate
  3. Link to their website
  4. Tagged with their name (video #3 below shows you how to do this)
  5. Photo of the artist or their work, or of you and your classmate.
  6. Text: 2 or 3 well written, insightful paragraphs.

Sample Titles

  • Wk 1: Artist Interview: Brianna Allen
  • Wk 2: Classmate Interview: Ida Bohlin
  • Wk 3: Activity: Instagram Portrait

(the Activities for weeks 1 & 2 are a little different. Wk1 is your site itself, and Wk2 is your “AboutMe” vlog, embedded on an About page)

Sample Tags

  • briannaallen
  • idabohlin
  • csulbinstagram

Help Vid #1 – Getting Started

WordPress.com • Domain Names • Themes • Naming Posts • Adding Text & Images •

You can get a Website / Blog at WordPress.com. You can get your URL there at the same time. Once you have your “Me.com” domain name, leave it as a comment on this post and we’ll assemble our class roster.


Help Vid #2 – Form & Function


Help Vid #3 – Tagging our Artists!

We’d like to make it easy for artists, or anyone else, to find the posts we’ve written about them, and here’s a fast & easy way to do it:

A few sample tags:


Roster

Looking for the Art110 Roster? It’s now at: Art110 Roster, Spring 2014

339 Comments

Glenn Zucman

awesome Lauren! But I am asking you to buy a domain name. So not “laurenlanger.wordpress.com” buy your own “laurenlanger.com”

After that… poke around and make it look like a great representation of you!

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Cristina

Hi Glenn, I purchased a domain name, but every time I view my profile it is still wordpress.com. Does it take time to change?

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Glenn Zucman

Hey Cristina – hmm… I know I responded to this question somewhere… wonder where that reply went?

Anyway… if I go to WP.com and buy glennzucman.com, they will actually give my 2 url’s:

glennzucman.com
and
glennzucman.wordpress.com

so if they didn’t switch it over to use your new “me.com” you can do it manually.

Dashboard >> Store >> My Domains

there you’ll probably see the 2 versions and one of them had a radio button hilited that says “primary.” If you want the other one, just click it, and then click “Update Primary Domain”

And don’t forget to LMK what your URL is! 🙂

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Glenn Zucman

Hi Jessica, it looks like you may have accidentally bought “artforthoughtdotnet.com” which probably isn’t the best name. I think WordPress.com has a 24 hour refund policy on domain names. So you can get it refunded, but the window to do so is very short. You should probably refund that name and then see what you can get that’s simpler. If you can refund it tonight that’d be great. I could also help you tomorrow over at the galleries, but again, the refund window is very short.

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Glenn Zucman

Yes Xue, you can add a domain name at any time. I know it seems like you’re “deleting” the “wordpress” but technically that’s not what you’re doing.

You now have a blog at the domain “wordpress.com”
and you’re using the “sub-domain” of xueweifan.wordpress.com
a “subdomain” is like “www.wordpress.com”

what you want is the new / different domain of xueweifan.com
anyway, to get that you go to WordPress.com, login, and then:
Dashboard >> Store >> My Domains
and then you can buy xueweifan.com – which looks like it is available! 🙂

BTW, if you wanted it, you could also get a URL like:
xueweifan.cn
xueweifan.tw
xueweifan.hk
etc

Those are a little more trouble to set up and probably a little more money, so .com is probably just the easiest way to go. But if you do want one of the others, LMK and I can help.

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Glenn Zucman

Great Gearaldine! Enjoy your new website! And remember it is YOUR website. Post anything you want here. Facebook and other social nets are great for sharing links, but it’s really nice to have your own place that you can completely style and present as you like.

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Glenn Zucman

Hi Leticia. the “wp-admin” is how you access the “backend” of your website where you can edit things. To give out to people you just want the front-facing URL which wouldn’t have that.

Also, please be sure to buy your own domain name, like
leticiaestrada.com

not the generic “.wordpress.com”

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Leticia Estrada

woops I totally thought I included it in the comment before. My domain name is leticiaestradaaa.com

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Glenn Zucman

That’s right Cindy. The website / blog itself is free forever. But the domain name is for 1 year. A year from now you can decide if you want to pay another $18 or not. Obviously Art110 will be long over by then, so if you want to drop it, that’s fine. I hope in a year you’ll have so much strong work there that you’d really like to keep it under a personal domain name. You can think about that in 2015! 🙂

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Glenn Zucman

Hey Debz! Bonus points for having a nice icon photo already! 🙂

Sadly however, I still need you to get your own domain name, not the generic “.wordpress.com”

I show how to do that in the video above. You don’t need to make a new blog, you can just go to
DASHBOARD >> STORE >> MY DOMAINS

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Mark Spencer Tan

I just got it up finally yay! I bought a domain from somewhere else and used another website creator (google sites) to create the website since they didn’t charg for mapping. I hope that’s ok professor 😮

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Glenn Zucman

Hey Kim, awesome URL, your site already looks great, and look you even got a little profile / icon setup. Way to hit the ground running! 🙂

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Glenn Zucman

Bummer Tommy. Try different things. What about .net or .me or .org. Or maybe add a middle name or initial? You’ll find something good! Don’t give up! 🙂

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Glenn Zucman

Hey Courtney, no video stuff till week 2. We’ll talk about it on Tuesday.

We’re not using the generic “.wordpress.com” URL’s however. Please go to

Dashboard >> Store >> My Domains >>

And pick whatever URL you’d like. “CourtneyHatzenbuhler.com” is probably available.

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Auti Kamal

Hi I’m Auti 🙂
My blog is thehe-art-ofauti.tumblr.com
I do have my own website already but I use it to get professional dance and choreography jobs, so I can’t put school stuff on it. Feel free to check out autikamal.com
Thanks Professor

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Glenn Zucman

Awesome Jenna! Your website is off to a pretty good start! 🙂

I’m going to make another How2 video this afternoon that talks about “Widgets” and “Menus,” both tools that will help you style your site for aesthetics and functionality.

And, of course, you can change Themes any time if you want a different look. But Widgets & Menus are tools to make any Theme more personal.

See you Tomorrow!

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Glenn Zucman

Hi Denise… you didn’t actually paste your URL in! 🙂

Can you try it again, please?

Sorry about the trouble you had — is everything OK now?

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Glenn Zucman

Hi Nada!

I’m actually asking you to buy your own domain name, like “NadaAbushaban.com” not the generic domains like me.tumblr.com or me.wordpress.com

For WordPress.com it’s all one step to get your site and your domain name. I show how to do it in the video above.

For Tumblr it’s 2 steps. You get your site from Tumblr, then you get your URL from a Domain Name Host like Network Solutions or GoDaddy. At that end you set an “A Record” to point to Tumblr’s IP Address and then you go over to the Tumblr end and set it to use that incoming URL. It’s easier than it sounds. I can help you with it.

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Glenn Zucman

Oh hey Adrian. Yes, you’re right about that. So “technically” you fulfilled what I asked, you “bought your domain name.”

But functionally, for this semester and even more for beyond that, it’s not as easy an address as we’d like. I’m guessing you were clicking around and somehow “.com” sort of morphed into “dotcom1.com” and you got that URL.

I would recommend contacting WordPress.com support immediately and explaining that what you really want is adrianherrera4.com and can they help you fix that. Then can do it, but please contact them IMMEDIATELY. Like RIGHT NOW. Time is of the essence in getting them to fix this.

It shouldn’t be too hard to have them straighten it our for you and adrianherrera4.com will be nicer to use.

LMK if you need any help.

Thanks Adrian!

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Glenn Zucman

Hi Jaimini!

We’re actually not using generic “me.wordpress.com” URL’s this semester. I have asked everyone to buy a personalized domain like “me.com” for their ePortfolio.

You can still use the same website you already setup. Just go:

Dashboard >> Store >> My Domains >> Register or Map a Domain

To register .com and some others costs $18

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Glenn Zucman

Hi Cody!

We’re actually not using generic “me.wordpress.com” URL’s this semester. I have asked everyone to buy a personalized domain like “me.com” for their ePortfolio.

You can still use the same website you already setup. Just go:

Dashboard >> Store >> My Domains >> Register or Map a Domain

To register .com and some others costs $18

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Glenn Zucman

Awesome URL Arianna! Perez is such a common name (actually my family, mom’s side, is Perez) so it’s great that you were able to get your name! I hope you hang on to that URL! And post lots of great stuff!

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Glenn Zucman

Hi Selin!

We’re actually not using generic “me.wordpress.com” URL’s this semester. I have asked everyone to buy a personalized domain like “me.com” for their ePortfolio.

You can still use the same website you already setup. Just go:

Dashboard >> Store >> My Domains >> Register or Map a Domain

To register .com and some others costs $18

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Lauren Weaver

Hi, my name is Lauren Weaver and I don’t see my name listed, my domain is laurenmweaver.com. I have no idea what I am doing. I am so confused… Lauren Weaver 009474164, tues, thurs @ 11

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Glenn Zucman

Great Lauren, you’re on the roster! 🙂

What are you confused about Lauren? How can I help?

If you scroll up to the top of this page, there are 2 videos… the 2nd one is how to make your site “better”, so if you’re confused, don’t worry about that one for now.

The first video on this page pretty much shows everything I think you need to post your 2 interviews from last week (1 artist & 1 classmate)

Give it a try, and LMK if I can help with anything.

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Glenn Zucman

Hi Youness!

We’re actually not using generic “me.wordpress.com” URL’s this semester. I have asked everyone to buy a personalized domain like “me.com” for their ePortfolio.

You can still use the same website you already setup. Just go:

Dashboard >> Store >> My Domains >> Register or Map a Domain

To register .com and some others costs $18

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Dylan Chou

Hey the name is Dylan and I posted my URL on Sunday night however I don’t my name nor website on the list. Sorry to bug, just want to get everything verified.

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Glenn Zucman

Hey Dylan, yes, I see you’ve posted a couple of times, but you never actually included your URL. You said “I’ll be using this one” — but there wasn’t any URL. Can you paste your URL now? TY!

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Erica Rudolph

HI! So I got all my interviews done! I didn’t know they were due on Sunday but I believe I published them before that! I am still working on making my site pretty 🙂

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Cindy Santiago`

Hi sorry, i thought it would send you the website since it asks us for the websites when publishing this post
cindysantiago101.com

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Glenn Zucman

Thanks Kevin, unfortunately I can’t place you on the roster or look at your work until you have a “real” URL. It’s very easy to setup and meanwhile the weeks are going by and you’re going to get in a real hole in terms of work and points, so I’d encourage you to just setup your URL already. The video at the very top of this page shows you how to do it. LMK if you have any questions or need any help.

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Dylan

Hey Glenn it’s me again, i had replied to your comment with my URL.
It’s: dylanbchou.com
Thanks.

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Donald Nguyen

Hello Sorry for the late creation of my website, but here it is.

donaldtnguyen.com

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Slade Menold

Glenn i can’t upload my Vlog still. every time i try to upload it says invalid type and i tried from my computer. phone. and iPad. i have also changed the format of the video. idk what to do cause wordpress just won’t let me upload any video?
i literally took a whole new video on my phone using the wordpress app and it still didn’t even work?
so frustrated please help

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Glenn Zucman

Hey Slade, sorry for your frustration! 🙁

You can’t upload video TO WordPress, but you can upload to Vimeo or YouTube. If you’re having trouble, the easiest thing is just to open YT on your Laptop or Phone and hit RECORD NOW and talk straight into YT. Then you just take your link and “embed” it on your blog.

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Glenn Zucman

Hey Daniel, we’re not actually using the “.wordpress.com” domain names this semester. I’ve asked everyone to buy the domain name of their choice. Something like
http://DanielHogue.com

or whatever you like that’s available. Help Video #1 at the top of THIS page shows you how to do that. You can use the blog you already have and just add a domain name to it.

Dashboard >> Store >> My Domains >> Register or Map a Domain Name

Be sure to do the “Register” for about $18. That gives you everything you need in 1 shot. The “Map” looks cheaper at only $13 but then you still would have to register a name somewhere else and it’ll be more complicated (a couple extra steps, not a real big deal) and cost more in total.

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Glenn Zucman

Hi Abdullah. We are not using “.wordpress.com” URLs. I’ve asked for the last 6 weeks that you buy your own domain name. If you haven’t done this yet, you aren’t looking good for passing this course. I suggest dropping ASAP.

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Kyle Bergman

Hey Glen, got almost everything up just in time for the midnight sunday deadline! Sorry for taking this long to get it all up, I had trouble dealing with putting myself out there online.

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Kevin Romero

Hey Glenn I have completely finished updating my blog before the midnight deadline, and I am hoping that you take a look so I can get credit for my blogs

Thanks!

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