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The aim of this third activity is to:

  1. Help you understand how pages are used on blogs.
  2. Set up an About page on your blog.

Introduction to pages

Pages on blogs are normally used for information that you want to share with your readers but don’t expect to update frequently. The main things to remember are:

  1. Pages are best suited for information you rarely update such as your About and Commenting Guidelines page.
  2. Information you want to share with others, such as your interests or what you learned in class, or questions you want to ask readers are normally published as posts and not on a page.
  3. Posts are automatically fed into the Reader in your dashboard where other students from your class can easily read and comment on your posts (if your blog is connected to a class blog via My Class).  Pages don’t appear in the Reader and are only viewed when someone visits your blog.

Watch this video to learn more about the difference between posts and pages.

What is an About page?

One of the first things a new visitor to your blog looks for is your ‘About’ page. Your ‘About’ page tells readers more about the person who is writing the blog posts.  An ‘About’ page is like meeting someone for the first time — it is the way a blogger introduces themselves to their readers.  Does the person have similar interest to me?

About Page ideas

About pages can be as simple or as creative as you would like. Check out these examples of About pages for ideas:

  1. Penelope’s About page – 8 years old
  2. Brianna’s About page
  3. Kat’s About page

Creative ideas for your About page include:

  1. Write a post about yourself.
  2. Write an A-Z About page such as I am an athletic, yet brainy child who decided that saving the environment is one of my future goals.
  3. Create a list of things that people may not know about you.

Create your About page

Sample pageAll newly created blogs come with a ‘Sample page‘ created. All you need to do is edit the ‘Sample page’ to change it into your About page.

Here’s how you create your About page:

1.  Go to Pages > All Pages.

All pages

2.  Hover your mouse over the Sample Page title to bring up the action menus.

3.  Now click on Edit.

Click Edit

4.  Change the title of your page from Sample Page to About page.

5.  Edit the permalink to change it to about. It should now look like this!

Change permalink

6.  Add your about information and when finished click Update.

  • Remember to be Internet safe.
  • Don’t include any birth dates, phone numbers, any personal information like your last name, your street address or your school name.
  • Tell your readers about your interests without providing any personal or identifying information.

My About page

By default, comments are disabled on pages. If you would like your readers to be able to leave comments on your About page you enable as follows:

1. Click on Screen Options 

Screen options

2.  Select Discussion and then click on Screen options to close.

Enable comments

3.  Scroll down to the Discussion module below your page editor and select Allow Comments.

Enable comments

4.  Click Update.

Visual editor Overview

The area where you write your pages and posts is by default in Visual Editing mode which uses WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) option for formatting. It works similar to any Word processing software. Simply write your post, highlight any text you want to format, and then click the appropriate button in the toolbar to add formatting such as bold, italics, or a numbered list.

The Toolbar Toggle icon is used to view the advanced formatting options in the second row including heading styles, underlining, font color, custom characters, undo, redo. You switch between Visual Editing mode and HTML editing mode by clicking on the Visual or Text tab.

Toolbar

Below is a quick video tutorial on the visual editor:

Your task

Complete the following tasks:

  1. Publish an About page.  Creative ideas for your About page include: 1) Write a page about yourself; 2) Write an A-Z About page such as I am an athletic, yet brainy child who decided that saving the environment is one of my future goals; 3) Create a list of things that people may not know about you.  It can be descriptive like Penelope’s About Me or creative like Brianna’s Alphabet post and Karah’s About Me: About My Country.
  2. Leave a comment on this post and tell us how you went writing your about page. Remember to leave a link to your about page in your comment so we can have a look at your new About page.

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  1. Hi this boot camp is really helpful!

  2. I like it but I had difficulty and was hard.

  3. I liked making the blog because there was a lot of new stuff i learned.

  4. I liked making my about me page because it tells the viewer more about me.

  5. thank you

  6. I thought it was pretty cool that we got to do this and wasn’t hard at all!😁

    • baileydonutgymnast18
  7. Honestly, it took a long time for me to figure out what I wanted on my site’s About Page. At first, I knew that I wanted a lot of information somewhere, but I didn’t know where to put it all. Then, I organized pretty much everything out of the About Page itself because I thought it was irrelevant and deserved its own category. That left me with a blank About Page. In the end, I just wrote a brief paragraph about what the site’s purpose is. I also mentioned where users can find the contact info of the club officers.

    Another thing: I have a full About category that features the general About Page, a page with the contact info of the club officers, a user directory, a questions page, and a meetings page that has all of the info about the month’s meetings. I went all out with that section.

    http://rhswriteclub.edublogs.org/about-this-site/

  8. This step took more time than I thought. I wanted to make a good introduction of myself to the readers.

  9. I really enjoyed this step. I liked thinking about describing myself to someone who I’ve never met before and what the should know about me. This step was fun!

  10. For my about page, I just put some facts I thought might be interesting. It was easy to write because it was about me. aletapia.edublogs.org/sample-page/

    • Great start with your blog, Ale!

      • Kathleen Morris
  11. i explained what i would use to describe me and what i like to do.
    i also included some of my social media stuff too

  12. pretty easy to figure out and to do

    • Nice work, Jyn. You’ve certainly included some interesting info here!

      • Kathleen Morris
    • Hi Jyn,
      I would love to leave a comment on your page or post but it is saying I need a password to login. You might need to change your privacy settings or if your blog is attached to a class blog, then your teacher might have to change those settings.

  13. Hi I love to play video games and for fun I love to ride my four wheeler.And l play lacrosse.

    • Hi Tyler,
      Lacrosse is an interesting sport! I gave it a try when I was a student but it’s not very popular here in Australia where I live.

      • Kathleen Morris
    • hi I like lacrosse also but Ive never played on a team before. I really want to know how.

    • Hi Riley,
      Thanks for sharing your About Page. Remember when sharing your blog URL to not sure the part at the end that says /wp-admin etc. That’s just for you when you want to access your dashboard.
      It sounds like you’re very busy with all your hobbies!

      • Kathleen Morris