Many different blogging platforms are available and would be sufficient for what I’m trying to do, but I chose to go with WordPress mainly because of an article I read about a university class who successfully used WordPress for a class blog (Quesenberry, Saewitz, & Kantrowitz, 2014). Also, I gave WordPress a quick try and found it to be very easy to use. Shahsavar and Aryadoust (2010) suggest that a user’s success with an educational tool is tied to their attitude towards the tool. I was able to successfully write a short post on WordPress within a few minutes of creating an account, which gave me a positive attitude about the tool. Because I have a positive impression of WordPress, I chose to use it.
I learned from my initial research into WordPress that there are essentially two different versions of WordPress: WordPress.com, which is free, doesn’t require hosting, and is appropriate for a blog, and WordPress.org, from which you can download software to a web server and develop pretty much any kind of website you want (Davies & Wiley, 2014). In fact, WordPress can be a full content management system rather than just a simple blog (Bonnevier, 2014). I just need to write a blog and don’t need to develop an elaborate website, nor do I want to pay for hosting on a web server or put the work into developing a complicated website, so the choice I made was to stick with WordPress.com.
Bonnevier, F. M. (2014). Learning from libraries that use WordPress: Content management system best practices and case studies. Library Quarterly, 84(1), 105.
Davies, J. & Wiley, S. (2014). WordPress Made Super Simple [Kindle Version]. Retrieved from https://www.amazon.com/WordPress-Made-Super-Simple-Professional-ebook/dp/B00AUYYVZQ/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1476329001&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=wordpress+made+super+simiple.
Quesenberry, K. A., Saewitz, D., & Kantrowitz, S. (2014). Blogging in the classroom: Using WordPress blogs with BuddyPress Plugin as a learning tool. Journal of Advertising Education, 18(2), 5-17.
Shahsavar, Z., Tan, B. H., & Aryadoust, S. V. (2010). Investigating the factor structure of the blog attitude scale. Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, 11(4), 12-24.