Classroom Assignment 1 Example - Inspiration From Others - Blog Posts

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Craig's Classroom - Virtual Course Graphics for Bloggers 101 is underway. (course information page, pre-recorded videos, watch at your own pace.) We have a nice group signed up! :) I am creating a series of classroom assignments for the students to complete the course. This post is to illustrate a report on Assignment #1

"Choose three specific blog posts that you think they did an excellent job in the use of graphics. In a very short narrative describe the appearance of the post and why you liked it. Give the URLs of each post that you chose."

the following post is an example of what the students need to create
note to students: you do not need to do screenshots, that is just my little addition to my own post :) 

(I'm including this post in my own regular blog feed as well as you all might enjoy seeing some good examples for inspiration)

Assignment #1 - Inspiration From Others - Blog Posts
The following are three pages that I liked for inspiration of blog posts done well. They have a good mix of text and graphics.

photo blogMona Gersky
Barkers Creek NC - A Well Preserved Farmland Community
This is a great example of a photo blog post. Short descriptive paragraphs are followed by medium sized graphics to illustrate the points. Each photo is 500 pixels wide (not huge, but just big enough). The text does not go alongside the photo because there is not enough space and would look awkward. Each photo is watermarked with Mona's name.



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Ruthmarie Hicks
Market Update on Larchmont NY PO - Single Family Homes
This example shows different kinds of graphics. The one at the top is narrow enough to align right with text going around it on the left. The photo further down is a composite collage of two graphics. Notice also the drop shadow subtle effect which helps the graphic pop out a little. The charts on the page illustrate visually market conditions.



debbDebb Janes
View Homes in Camas Washington
Notice the Market Reports on this page are a composite of an attractive photo along with a snapshot of a simple spreadsheet below. Informational narrative text surrounds the charts. Charts alone can sometimes be boring! This is a great job of presentation.

 

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Hi there! Thanks for checking out my blog today. I'm a tech guy living in New York City but I love that I can reach so many via means of the web. In my blog posts and tutorial videos, you'll get many new takeaway points that you'll be able to apply. By following my blog (button below), you will be able to see my new posts in your "following" newsfeed. If you enjoyed this post also be sure and click "like". It helps me see that my content is hitting the mark!

My blog home page lists my most recent posts, so if you feel like reading more, that's the place to go next!

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Linda Holloway
Keller Williams Realty Tampa Central - Tampa, FL
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Hi Craig, This is a very inspiring post!  I cannot add one more thing to my plate just YET but I am intrigued by your course!

Feb 18, 2012 02:08 AM #1
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Cindy Edwards
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Hi Craig,

I'm glad I checked in with you today.  I will work on this today.  I think I post it here.

Feb 18, 2012 03:51 AM #2
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Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
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Hi Craig,

This was easy because I just love Richards blogs.  He does exactly what you taught us as far as placing the picture on the far right and wrapping the text around it.  Richard always has a photo, and it's usually a pretty good photo as well.  All of them, he is the photographer.  His content is consistently good reading as well.  http://actvra.in/tk7

 

Feb 18, 2012 04:02 AM #3
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Linda - I like the word YET, perhaps soon - thanks for visiting! :)

Cindy - cool, nice work, one link down two to go! :) check out the assignment instructions on the top of the course page (inside the classroom)

Feb 18, 2012 05:13 AM #4
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Mona Gersky
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Craig, thanks for your help today and for the little blitz of celebrity by including my Barker's Creek post in your tutorial.  I'm getting ready to tackle your Picasa tips and think that AR members are very fortunate to have you playing here.

Now, I'm going to check that Barker's Creek post and see if I misspelled Preserved.

Feb 18, 2012 10:53 AM #5
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Mona - glad to hear you are going to give some of my ideas a try, let me know if you have any questions. and oops, spelling mistake was my fingers not yours, fixed! :)

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