How to create a Blog + my first ever Blog post!

Well hello there!

Welcome to my first ever post!
This post is primarily to break into the world of blogging and to help others get into it
As I’m new to this game and I’m sure most of you reading this will be, I’m going to go through the steps to make this post and then compare later on how this differs from another main competitor  blogging brand: Blogger. But first, there are a few questions to go through:

WordPress is fascinatingly straightforward, here is a step-by-step way to get your blog up and running:

1: Visit this website http://wordpress.com 
2 Follow the link to ‘create your blog’
3. Create your online name etc. and fill in a few details and accept the sites terms.
4. Confirm signup with your email address
5. Create a blog  name and title and style.
6. Write your first post (Mine is below.) The whole process took me 1 hour and 30 minutes including taking a phone call, thinking, and doing a bit of fast research to find interesting pages.

Who am I?

No, I do not mean this in a metaphysical sense. I would like to point out at this point I am part of a student-led team at the University of Leicester to promote Digital Literacies and Employability rates. We call ourselves BioSET: Biological-Sciences Student Employability Team.

So, why blog?
1. It’s your first chance to get your writing published.
word out there and show your. Many instances of getting into writing and publication jobs will require you to show a portfolio of work. With this start, you can move up the ladders of getting your articles published. A hypothetical scenario: Write blogs -> be invited to write guest posts -> write guest posts for newspapers -> then Magazines -> start writing articles for big names/publishers with all this groundwork in place.
2. It’s (mostly) free! Unless you want to pay overheads to your blogging site to get more space online with photos and data allowance, you won’t have to pay a penny.
3. Reflection. Reflection plays a vital role in your learning and development and helps you think critically about the wide range of aspects you will be writing about. It is also a great way to keep track of and remember all the exciting and memorable events in your life! http://www.learningdevelopment.plymouth.ac.uk/LDstudyguides/pdf/11Reflection.pdf
4. Evidence. It provides evidence to show you are interested in the subject matter you post about and further shows your understanding in your chosen field.

Why am I doing this?

Being a current undergrad in a specialised field within Biology, has made me, as of late, realistically  consider my future after completing my degree. Studying the Life Sciences is tough but you are able to learn a wide range of skills not commonly attributed towards studying science. In my view, and that of many other individuals and employers, the transferable skills you obtain in your courses should help you progress in the job market without necessarily limiting your options.

What next?

Along with joining part of the main side of the Team’s overall project of specialised resources for BioSciGrads; I would like to be able to augment our final product by providing research and details on the following:
Transferable skills from BioSci. 
Realistic views on the job market: Graduates v. People who forwent higher education.
What can you do as an undergrad to increase your overall job prospects.
What will help you if you are unsure what to do after graduating?
Provide resources for other in my position such as the following: 10 things every graduate should know before they start job hunting

I hope you enjoyed the reading!

A. Slater

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