Sound and fury! Customising your blog and adding sound

Chris Wheal tells journalism students about adding features to their blogs

Radio New Zealand: Crime Writing

In a third lecture on online journalism, writer and blogger Chris Wheal talked to students about a variety of features that they could add to their blogs to make them look better and be more interesting for readers, including:

  • Changing the theme of their blog;
  • Adding widgets to sidebars;
  • Adding sound clips to their blog.

Changing the blog theme

Chris Wheal explained to the class how WordPress allowed users to select from a range of free blog themes, which have different looks and features, and customise those themes in a variety of ways. This allows bloggers to use their creativity to create the best look for the information they wish to share on their blog.

Adding widgets to sidebars

Chris also told students about some of the many different widgets that could be added to the sidebars of their blogs, from RSS feeds, links to Twitter and Facebook pages, and much more. I have chosen to add a link to a Facebook page I manage – the Ngaio Marsh Award page – and a YouTube video I shot while dog sledding in Lapland.

Adding sound clips

Along with words and visuals (pictures and video), Chris told the LSJ students how they can add further interest to their blogs through the use of sound. Blogs and online journalism really are multimedia tools!

There are a variety of ways that sound can be added, from Spotify feeds to uploading our own sound. I have included a link to a radio interview I was part of on Radio New Zealand in September, above at the top of this blog. I have used the embed html code from the Radio New Zealand website, which has created the link.

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