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How to set-up Blogs for Research

Candida Høfer, form the book, Libraries, Thames & Hudson, 2005. As part of your development on the degree program at UCA, we require you to have an online ‘Learning Journal’.  We ask you to go to and set up your own online journal as instructed. Use your Google account for this. Don’t worry – it is very straightforward! There are multiple ways to personalize your blog template and you are free to do so. However, your blog must display the full course title:

BA Hons Photography (Contemporary Practice), and location, UCA Rochester.

Some pointers now about blog templates: there is a fine line between expressing your individuality via a snazzy template and smothering your content with second-rate imagery and an illegible typeface.  There are some eye-watering examples out there, so choose wisely. It’s your work we want to focus on, so keep things bold, simple and in the service of your work.  Avoid using multiple fonts at multiple sizes in multiple colours. Blogger is an informal space, but it’s not Facebook – think of your blog as a ‘shop window’ into your creative studio. Keep your blogs brief and keep them professional.  Let the work on show express your character. This will be a public-facing journal, and one to which potential employers, for example, might refer.


IMPORTANT: Your blog will be public[1]  All blogs are viewable by anyone – in the world!  The course champions this public-facing approach.  It reflects industry culture (there are photographers, designers etc. who have a blog and use them to share openly their ideas and workflow) and it encourages students to operate professionally from the earliest stage. 


The public nature of your blog means you need to think carefully about its purpose and your boundaries; no mobile numbers or home addresses and keep personal information/content to a minimum.  Be ‘online’ sensible. Keep it work-based, professional and content-rich.

[1] By default, your blog is completely public, and can be read by anyone on the internet.  However, if you want to keep it private, you can do that too.


Do remember to set up ‘Labels’ for each Unit, and ensure that each post is assigned a specific ‘label’ (category).

  • RPHC4001 – Body
  • RPHC4001 – Object
  • RPHC4002 – Commission Unit: Environment



Below are examples successfully combine individuality and each Unit’s research requirement with clear visual communication. You will note that the student examples below have set up a Scribd account, to help upload PDF’s of there presentations for Seminars and Assessments.



Please take a moment to browse them prior to setting up your template.

David Bromley

Agne Bekeraityte

Claire Smith

Kamil Raczynski

Conor Galloway

Hazel Thompson



  1. You are asked to set up a blog on
  2. You should also create your profile and create an ‘About Me’ profile, that has a professional
  3. Send your blog url (web address) to your, Year 1, Tutor, Jonathan Simms at his email address:
  4. We ask that you post your initial idea to your briefs. Clearly set out your concept. Consider how you will use contextual research to support your idea, along relevant visual research from leading practitioners.

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