You never know when the writing bug will hit you. When inspiration strikes and you’ve just got to get your words out to the world, you have lots of options. You could stick to social media, or you could create your own website to publicize your writing. When creating your own site, things get even more complicated. Choosing web hosting plans, figuring out which blog software to use, and maintaining it all can get frustrating and overwhelming if all you want to do is create. Thankfully, if you’re wanting to dip your toes into the blogging world, we can help!
All faculty, staff, and students have access to our personal blogging platform at people.smu.edu. Students can have a single blog and faculty can have multiple blogs to accommodate however many classes, programs, and other needs they may have. People.SMU runs on WordPress, one of the leading blog platforms on the web. WordPress takes away all of the guesswork in making your site look right, so all you have to do is provide your content.
So how do you get a blog? It’s easy! Visit People.SMU, log in, and if it’s the first time you’ve logged into people.smu.edu, a site is created for you automatically with the URL https://people.smu.edu/[email nickname]. For instance, if your email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, your people.smu.edu site will have the URL of https://people.smu.edu/imastudent.
Would you instead like a blog for your student organization or other campus groups? Let the IT Help Desk know and they can get one created for you. Make sure to include the names and ID numbers of those who need access to the organization’s blog, along with the purpose of the blog. Once it is approved, you will receive an email that the blog has been created and will see it under My Sites when you log in to blog.smu.edu.