**Look ahead to the Saturday assignment for week 3, check your groups on Blackboard, and start planning!**
For Wednesday: Read Beverly Tatum’s “Complexity of Identity” in your Course Reader. Look at the websites of LeBron James and Venus Williams. Participate in our reading discussion on FlipGrid.
For Saturday: Read Amanda Hess’s “Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet” in your Course Reader. Revise your homepages following the directions below. Write your second week’s blog post.
Week 1 Office Hours Roundup:
Rampages is tricky! No worries, we have options for you. First, you can now link to everyone’s blogs on the upper right of this website. Have a look at what your classmates are doing with their own sites. Second, because Rampages is a WordPress platform, there are a million tutorials on Youtube and elsewhere. You can also use the WordPress Codex for help if you’re struggling to use the site customization tools. To further help you there is a guide to revisions below.
Publish a new blog post.
How to create a new page.
As you continue working on your homepage, I’d like you to think about our ongoing readings about identity. Design is one way to communicate meaning. We see this already in cultural uses of clothing to signify affinity groups, subcultures, personal preferences, etc. Often, when we choose clothes we tell us others who we are or who we want to be.
Your homepage is the same. When you make choices about the theme, font, color, images, etc. you use on your homesite, you are telling us who you are, who you want to be, what you want us to have access to. You are also telling us who you aren’t, who you don’t want to be, what you don’t want us to think about, what we can’t access of you. To amp up your homepages this week, please do the following:
- If you have not already done so, choose a name for your homepage. I also recommend changing the tagline (both can be done by clicking on “customize” when you’re logged in and looking at your homepage, then click on “site title” or “identity” depending on your theme).
- If you have not already done so, choose the a theme for your Rampages site that you like. Please customize the theme: choose colors, fonts, etc.
- You should use at least one image as you set up your site. This image must follow the guidelines for appropriate publishing of content as specified in this reading; no drafts will be accepted unless they meet these guidelines! Your image might be a banner image, a background image, or it might be part of a post.
- You should also create an “About Me” page and draft out some of the things you would like your audience to know about you.* Want a sample “About Me” page? Here is mine own from my personal website. Here is the about page for Limor Fried, owner and founder of tech supply company AdaFruit Industries. Look at people you admire online and see how they present themselves to inform your own choices.
*Some of you already created “About me” blog posts! We’ll need to move these to permanent pages, make the pages available in your navigation menu, and then if you wish delete the original blog posts (or leave them up according to your preference.