The blogs.kent service is for University staff and teams to promote and enhance their work with regular updates.
Staff and research postgraduates: apply for a blog.
- are interactive: readers can comment on posts and share them on social media
- can be updated on a PC, tablet or phone
- have the URL http://blogs.kent.ac.uk/myblogname
- have a minimal Kent navigation bar to show that they are part of the Kent blog service
- have a footer disclaimer: The views expressed are not necessarily those of the University
Get started using your blog
We will email you with login details - then you can log in and start posting immediately. The software that we use, WordPress, is fairly intuitive:
- you can pick from a range of templates (if appropriate).
- different templates offer different personalisation options.
You don't need any design skills, and there is lots of online help for WordPress. (Not all of the features and options are available for Kent blogs.)
What is appropriate to write?
Be aware of the public nature of blogs, the association of Kent blogs with the University, and the implications for what should be posted:
Follow the University's social media guidelines, and in particular:
- Don't air internal issues on a public blog. Use the University's structures of governance and grievance/complaints procedures as appropriate.
- Don't attack: do not mount a public attack on an individual (rather than a position). Follow University regulations on abusive behaviour, and don't risk bringing the University into disrepute.
- Respect privacy: don't make something public that should be private, especially if about another person.
- Be fresh: don't publish when tired and emotional.
- Judge what is appropriate: your blog should be relevant to the activities of the University and the academic life of its members.
Comments and moderating your blog
You can choose to allow comments on posts, and whether you want to approve every comment before it's posted.
There is no reason why people should not post comments which disagree with the blogger or express controversial views, but unwelcome comments (including spam, links and adverts) can be a real problem.
As a blogger, you should: