Welcome to blogs.dal.ca, the home of the Dalhousie blogging platform. The platform has been developed by Communications and Marketing as a way for departments, faculties and offices at Dalhousie to add blogs to their web presence, allowing for a whole new method of communication and interaction. We’ve had quite a lot of faculty and staff asking questions about Dal-hosted blogs in recent months, so we’re pretty excited to have a good answer for them!
The platform operates using the multi-user edition of WordPress. As an open-source solution, it’s allowed us to customize many of the features and functions available to bloggers. We’ve strived to find a balance between three separate design challenges: ensuring that the blogs fit within the Dalhousie visual identity, that they match well-established blog layouts, and that they come with some degree of user customization so each can have its own identity. We think that our templates, combined with custom headers, meet these challenges, but don’t be surprised if this platform’s design and its functionality continue to evolve and change depending on the needs and requests of its users.
Ahh yes, the users. We’re currently approaching a number of departments and faculties who have contacted us about blogging to see if they’re interested in adopting the platform. If you want to join the party, review the Page links in the right-hand sidebar for more information on what the platform is, how it’s being managed and how you can get more information on starting a blog for your department, faculty or office.
For now, we’re going to be keeping this homepage – blogs.dal.ca – in this blog format, updating about new blogs available on the platform and any technical or content changes that we make. If you’re an RSS user, you can subscribe to our RSS feed to follow our updates (and if you have no idea what RSS is, visit our “What is RSS?” page and learn about the best way to follow content at blogs.dal.ca). Our hope, though, is that in time this site will evolve into a fully-featured aggregation homepage, where you can see the latest posts, comments and tags from across the Dal blogosphere, along with highlighted content from various places on campus.
To sum up, we’re excited to be making this service available to Dalhousie. As our audiences demand more authentic voices and perspectives from institutions such as ours, blogging is a great way to allow our best and brightest to share their thoughts, opinions and observations with our community (both inside and outside our institutional walls). We’re anxious to see what our university can do with this new tool so if you’ve got an idea for a blog, please don’t hesitate to contact us to see if we can get you up and running.
New Media Officer
Communications and Marketing