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As a reminder, WordPress is a blogging service that is powered by a WordPress engine, but specifically designed for only K-12 students and educators. If you decide to select to create an account with WordPress and use WordPress for your blog, here are some resources that may help you in that process. Note that some of these videos provide advanced options that may be of interest to you later in the course, but aren't necessary for you to do at this stage of your blogging journey.

Getting Started - A blog entry that provides the basics for getting your WordPress blog. There is a video at the very bottom that also explains the process.

Dashboard - A blog entry that explains and provides screen shots of the main dashboard used by WordPress. There are two videos at the very bottom that also explain how to use your dashboard.

Posts - A blog entry that explains how to create blog entries or posts in your WordPress blog. There are two videos at the very bottom that also explains how to do this.

Pages - A blog entry that explains how to create pages for your WordPress blog. Pages are different than entries because they will always appear in the navigation bar (most people think of them as the static part of your blog or like having a website built into your blog). There is a video at the very bottom that also explains how to do this.

Note that all of these resources were provided by WordPress. There are likely additional resources that can be found on the web and instructional videos that can be found on YouTube. If there is something you'd like to be able to do with your blog that isn't described in any of these videos, I would suggest conducting both a YouTube search and a general web search to see if someone has already created a how to video or guide.

As a starting point, below are two YouTube videos that aren't created by the WordPress team, but I think you will find useful.

Beginner WordPress Tutorial Video - A short YouTube video that provides all of the basics for someone who is just decided to start blogging with WordPress.com.

Updated WordPress.com: Step-by-Step Tutorial on How to Blog - A lengthy and comprehensive YouTube video that provides a very detailed, step-by-step guide for blogging with WordPress.com from creating your account to many of the customized features and other bells and whistles. An excellent resource.

Once you have created your blog, post your first entry or post. This first entry should tell me and your fellow MOOC participants a little about yourself and why you enrolled in this MOOC.

The last thing you should do is to add the blog address you have chosen for your Twitter account into the "list of participants".