PNG Students Guide Part 1: How to Start a Blog and Grow Your Writing Potential

Students who have an interest in words and how to put them together to create stories (I am referring to writing) will find blogging a pathway to enhancing your creativity. Write about the topics you are passionate about in class (assignments, poems, etc) and the stories and mishaps of student's life is the best starting point. Blogging is also a way to improve your literature and writing skills!


In this dying age where students' writing ability has much to be desired, I would encourage students to take up blogging - challenge yourself to write something nice and appealing to others. You just need to hook up to the internet and start publishing your work. Okay, think about all the work you have with you, either in your computer hard-disk or carry around in flash drive. Are there any good maths, or science or Literature work of very good quality? If the answer is yes, do justice to your effort and hardwork and publish it online. There is no harm in sharing. 
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To start...
1. Create/use an email account
2. Create a blog (blogger or wordpress)



Note: There are standard templates to use. Also simple HTML codes you can use to tweak your blog like the drop-down menu above. If you want any help, message me on Twitter on leave a comment below and I will help where I can.
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Perhaps the important point here is for students to develop writing skills by starting now. Do not let anyone tell you that you cannot start, yet. I want to encourage, if not every, the majority of the university students to take an active interest in developing your writing skills. Take a look at what others are doing, how they form their sentences and develop the style that suits their audience. Use the skills you may have learned to your advantage to grow as a writer/blogger. In time, you will find that those skills are transferable. By this I mean you can use them in another writing genre such as academic writing,  report writing, etc as you grow as a person.

Papua New Guineans who have an interest in writing, especially blogging, will attest to the fact the writing is a learning journey. It is about self-enrichment. You become aware of what is important, learn and grow as you write about things that matter to you and the community you belong to. Blog sphere, for example, is a place where you can WRITE about your inner thoughts, opinions and feelings, and grow. As I mentioned earlier, you go from leap-to-bound where you develop a style of writing skill that is transferable in academic circles or at work. In 5 to 10 years time, you'll look back with satisfaction.

I'd like to encourage university students to start blogging and sharing ideas online as a means to develop your writing skills. You can use blogger (the platform I am using for PNG Insight) or Wordpress. There are FREE versions available. When you have been blogging and have enough content, you can move onward and upward. This means getting your *own domain* and *host* your own website and *value* it. (I'll write about free online tools and how to value your blog in Parts 2 & 3. So stay in-tune).

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Check out the complete series on Student's Guide to Blogging here.

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