Bookmarked Different Approaches To Using Student Blogs And Digital Portfolios by Kathleen Morris (The Edublogger)
I have observed differences in how student blogs work in a variety of areas. There appears to be a spectrum in at least six key areas
Kathleen Morris provides a series of steps to follow when setting up blogs in the classroom. She also created a graphic to capture this:

Having said this, she is also mindful that every school has its own context and exists at a different point on the continuum of six aspects: duration, privacy, content, reflection, quality and control.

Bookmarked 10 Tips For Making Your Blog Posts Easier To Read by Kathleen Morris (The Edublogger)
Here are ten tips for making your blog posts easier to read.
Kathleen provides ten tips:

  1. When it comes to writing online, paragraph structure is more of an art than a formulaic science.
  2. Professional bloggers generally opt to use larger sized fonts now as it enhances the readability of online text.

  3. Heading tags not only enhance your blog post visually but help organize the content of your blog. This helps search engines like Google scan and categorize your information.

  4. Most writers know the value of bullet points. Listicles, or posts with numbered lists, are hugely popular too (hey, this whole blog post is a listicle!).

  5. From a visual point of view, hyperlinks or bold words are another good way to make key pieces of information in your post stand out. It draws you in when youโ€™re skimming or scanning the page.

  6. Breaking up your text with some visuals can definitely make your blog posts easier to read.

  7. If you do use color, remember to be consistent

  8. Left aligned text is best

  9. If you want visitors to be reading your blog posts, you probably donโ€™t want them distracted by too many widgets on your sidebars. Furthermore, excess widgets can slow down the loading time of your blog.

  10. You might not realize that vision impaired visitors to your site may be using assistive technology like screen readers or other software which reads the page out loud. This software will read the alternative text (alt text) instead of the image.

Personally, the headings was only a recent realisation, with Tom Woodward even going to the length of removing H1 as an option, while Amy Burvall talks about developing a palette involving two core colours.

Bookmarked Should Your Class Or Student Blogs Be Public Or Private? by Kathleen Morris (The Edublogger)
A dilemma that faces many educators new blogging is the question of whether they should be publishing their studentsโ€™ information and work online. They might wonder if their class or student blogs should be public for anyone to see, or private for a limited audience (or no one) to view.
Kathleen Morris unpacks the benefits of both private and public blogs. She provides a number of arguments with evidence to support. This is particularly pertinent to schools and educators.

Edublogs on Private vs Public

Personally, when I supported classroom blogs they were closed as I was not comfortable that everyone who needed to be was fully aware of the consequences. I think though that Kin Lane’s advice on APIs can be applied, approach everything as if it is public even if it is not.