Blog Posts


Assignment date Due Date Percent of Grade
9/21/2009 12/7/2009 25


You are going to write ten blog posts (on your own wiki) during the semester. The topic of these posts will be some web or real time search tools. Once you have decided on the topic of your term project, you can personalize these posts with how these tools can be applied to your term project. Until that time, you can personalize them with searches related to something in another class or something in your personal life.

  • Two required blogs (sign up here). Post these blogs directly within the class Web site (as a blog:xxx page):
    • You will write one blog about Google, Microsoft, or Yahoo (the companies, not the tools). Your blog entry should be about their search business (but not the tool itself).
    • You will write one blog about any facet of the search industry other than Google, Microsoft, or Yahoo.
  • You can reduce the number of other blog posts from 8 to 7 if you decide to take notes for the class or come up with questions for the exam. You can sign up here.
  • Possible topics
    • If you just write about something related to the in-class exercises, don't simply repeat back to me what I taught you or what you did for the exercise —- describe some insight you gained and how it might be of help to you.
    • You can also write about any goings-on related to Google, Yahoo search, Microsoft Bing, etc. Or anything else related to the search engine industry (but be sure to link to related news articles and analysis if you do so).
    • During the second half of the semester, I will expect most blog posts to be about applying the in-class techniques to your term project topic, but don't let me keep you from writing something interesting about some other topic.
  • Guidelines
    • You will put this blog entry on your own site
    • You will name the page "blog:theTitleOfYourEntry"
    • Some guidelines about writing blogs is on this page
  • All of the blog entry due-dates are shown on the schedule page.
  • Three of these blogs (of any type) need to be completed by 5pm on the Friday before Fall Break.

Before you create your first blog on your site, do the following:

  1. Go to
  2. View the code on the page
  3. Copy the code
  4. Close the page
  5. Go to your blog and create a page named blog:_template
  6. Paste the code that you copied from the other page into this one
  7. Save this page

You only have to do this the first time you create a blog; on all subsequent blog posts, you can re-use this template.

Now when you create a page named blog:NameOfYourPage, you can just type the content of your blog entry, but when it's displayed it will automatically show your name and the date the entry was created. Pretty cool.

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