How To Create a “Pingback”

So the blogs that we’re writing this semester aren’t just reading responses, a kind of communication to Scott that you’ve dutifully done the reading. I’m trying to force you into a conversation with each other. Because of that, each blog post you write this semester (with the possible exception of your very first, and only for early posters) should include a “pingback.” Pingbacks are just a simple term for a link to another blog┬ápost.

So, to do this, when you’re editing your post, select the text you’d like to have as a link, and then click the link button in the editor. It’s on the top row, and it looks like a little chain:

Then, just copy and paste the URL of your colleague’s post into the URL field at the top, click “Add Link,” and you’re done.

The “pingback” part is this: your blog is smart enough to talk to your colleague’s blog about this link. And so, an automatically-generated comment will appear on your colleague’s blog post that you’ve linked to it. That means everybody knows when others are talking about their posts.

That’s the technical side of pingbacks; I’m also asking for substantive engagement with at least one of the posts you’re linking to.

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