Blog Guidelines

The [True] Stories blog simultaneously unites and demonstrates the diversity of oral history projects taking place across our three partner institutions.  We welcome blog posts that document and reflect upon oral history teaching and learning. The guidelines below cover:

  • suggested prompts for instructors
  • posting instructions for students
  • creating anonymous nicknames/aliases
  • where to go for more help

For Instructors

Instructors should go to to log in to the blog’s “Dashboard.” 

We welcome posts from you and your students in any form that works for your course and its goals. However, before you ask students to post to the [True] Stories blog, we recommend that you ask them to complete the Student Social Media and Web Privacy Agreement on page 3 of the Instructor Support Packet and in the Toolbox page on this blog.

We ask instructors to assign a reflective blog post (a short writing assignment, 300-400 words in length) to help students grapple with the following questions:

  1. What surprised you about the oral history process?  What were some challenges that you faced?
  2. How did the process of conducting an oral history provide perspective into your own identity?
  3. How did the oral history process connect with readings and concepts you encountered in class?
  4. How did the oral history process connect with a historical or social justice context you studied in class?

For Students

Follow these instructions to post to the [True] Stories blog.

[Are you interested in posting anonymously by using an alias instead of your own name? You can find out how to do that below under “Creating a Nickname.”]

Go to to log in to the blog’s “Dashboard.” 

-Once you are logged into the [True] Stories website, click “New Post” on the upper lefthand side of the page.

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-Give your post a title and write your blog post.

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-Under “Categories,” tick the category that corresponds to your class this semester.

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-Under “Tags,” enter three tags (keywords) that represent the main ideas and content of your post.

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-Click “Publish” to save and publish your post.

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Creating a Nickname

Go to to log in to the blog’s “Dashboard.”

-Once you are logged in, click on “Howdy” in the upper right corner of the the screen

-Then select “Edit my Profile” from the drop down menu


-Go halfway down the page to the “Name” fields


-You can enter anything you want (within reason please!) in the First Name, Last Name, and Nickname fields to create a unique alias on the blog. These fields determine the public name you choose to use on the blog, however, your Username is not public and cannot be changed (it is only seen by the blog’s administrator). Please inform your instructor about what your chosen Nickname is, for the purposes of credit and assignment grading.


-Then, go to the bottom of the page and click the Update button to make sure all the changes to your profile are saved.UPDATEbuttonagsg

 Need More HelpSCOTT_SMALL

Contact [True] Stories’ lead Instructional Technologist, Scott Bokash, at with your blog posting questions.

He’s happy to help!