Blogging Guidelines

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Rules of engagement


  • Use good grammar and spelling. Proofread, proofread, proofread.
  • Write with your audience in mind: Who are they? What do they need to know? What do they want to know? How will they use your information?
  • Ask questions in your writing. Be open-ended and open-minded when writing about a topic. Convert “why?” questions into “what?” questions, for example, “why did you do this?” converted to “what happened?” or “what decisions led you to do this?” often generates more detailed and revealing answers.
  • Provide lots of links to help readers learn more about your topic.
  • Meet your deadlines. Plan ahead to give yourself time to brainstorm, research, write, and edit.
  • Pay attention to copyright. Use other people’s work with respect and link to your sources.
  • Stick to the topic. Don’t write about your weekend plans or gossip.
  • Think before you post. Ask yourself, is this something I want my parents, teachers, friends, strangers to see? What are the consequences if you post this?
  • Only post information you can verify as accurate. Provide links to your sources.


  • Never post or share personal information online. Or your friends’ personal information.
  • Never share your internet passwords with anyone except your parents.
  • Never meet anyone face-to-face whom you only know online.
  • Never use your last name online. Use your initials or first name and the initials or first names of people you refer to.


  • Comments should be at least 2-5 sentences, not less.
  • Write comments that add to the conversation. Ask a question. Provide a link that might clarify a point. Copy/paste a passage that interests you then write your comments and questions.
  • Read the article. Read all the comments. Be part of the full discussion.
  • Use comments to show what you think is important, interesting, controversial, thoughtful.
  • Constructive criticism only. Critique the idea, not the person. Being derogatory or inflammatory distracts the conversation. Respect other people and their opinions and ideas.
  • Use good grammar and spelling. Mistakes cause readers to focus on how you write, not your ideas.
  • Treat people the way you want to be treated.
    • Use Prompts like:
      • This made me think about “¦
      • I wonder why “¦
      • Your writing made me form an opinion about “¦
      • This post is relevant because “¦
      • Your writing made me think about “¦
      • I wish I understood why “¦
      • This is important because “¦
      • Another thing to consider “¦
      • I can relate to this “¦
      • I don’t understand “¦
      • I was reminded that “¦
      • I found myself wondering “¦


These are the basic rules for blogging and commenting… First off, we are using this spot to proudly publish/show off/get a grade our reading&writing products; hence, frequently read what others write, comment on others products using positive language and relish on the work of others and… the result of your work.


Beyond this very basic rules, I believe you will be a Magallanes Student and do what we do in accordance with our philosophy.




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