Film Studies Student Blog Rules

Site Title

Your blog is a marked piece of work and therefore needs to be easily discoverable and appropriately titled. Please do not deviate from the following Site Title conventions:

  • Ryan Gosling’s Film Studies Blog
  • Toby Jones’ Film Studies Blog

Note the capitalisation and punctuation (the apostrophes) – both must be correct.

If you wish to personalise the title, please do so through the Tagline.

Site Title and Tagline can be changed in the WordPress Dashboard (Dashboard / Settings / General).


Categories

In order to make your blog accessible to the examiner, you should define and use Categories.

Every post on your blog should appear in just one category.

Please define only the following:

  • Induction
  • My Film Studies
  • Component 1a: Hollywood 1930-1990
  • Component 1b: American Film Since 2005
  • Component 1c: British Film Since 1995
  • Component 2a: Global Film
  • Component 2b: Documentary Film
  • Component 2c: Silent Cinema
  • Component 2d: Experimental Film
  • Component 3: Pre-production
  • Component 3: Production
  • Component 3: Post-production
  • Component 3: Evaluative analysis

Categories can be defined in the WordPress Dashboard (Dashboard / Posts / Categories).


Tags

You should use tags to further index the content on your blog. You need to avoid being either too specific or too general. Tags that reference just one post are meaningless, as are tags that reference hundreds…

It might be useful to think of Categories as folders that contain all your work on a particular project. Tags, on the other hand, identify particular components of that project. Tagging would allow your storyboards, script, and poster, at various stages of completion, to be viewed side by side.

Every post on your blog should have at least one tag. Feel free to choose whatever tags you think are appropriate, but bear in mind that they need to be useful: strike a balance between being too specific and too general, having too many tags and too few.

Tags can be defined in the WordPress Dashboard (Dashboard / Posts / Tags).


Theme

WordPress gives you a vast array of themes to choose from, but not all themes are created equal. You will have to read the theme description carefully, and it might take a bit of trial and error, but you need a theme that supports the following:

  • Categories
  • Tags
  • Sidebar
  • Menus
  • Viewing a post in its entirety, without any clicking
  • Infinite scroll

Appearance

You should take some time over customising your blog and making it look nice. A good blog is pleasing to the eye and inviting to read. Some free WordPress themes are hideous – try to avoid these…

Strongly consider customising the following:

  • Header image
  • Tagline
  • Category menu
  • Tag cloud
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