When you create a story, you will see a box (titled “admin”) at the bottom of the story (after you click the submit button, it doesn’t show while the text box is open) that says: Do you want to….and then you have three choices (remove this story from the stories list, turn on the byline for this story, or set a relative path for this story). If you choose the last option (set a relative path for this story) then you can create an easy to remember url for the story (instead of the true URL). This is done by using this format (foldername/filename). So, if you want to create a relative path for a story, you might decide that you are going to have your students use their last name, first initial as the folder name and then they give unique filenames to their stories. So, one thing you might do is this:
Ask each student to create a story that will serve as their home page within the blog. After they create the story they would then go to the admin box of that story and click on the “set a relative path for this story” and in the path text box they would write “mccomask/home” and that would be my home page. I could then reach that page by using the base URL for the blog and appending mccomask/home to that to reach that page. That means for my blog I could then go to http://www.muwp.org/mccomas/mccomask/home and reach that page. Students could then use that page to tell about themselves and provide links to the other writings they will have in that blog. Therefore, on the next day when I create my first story, I would put my writing in then set the relative path to mccomask/story1 and on my home page I would put the http://www.muwp.org/mccomas/mccomask/story1 link so that folks could reach that story. The other cool thing is that if you would go to http://www.muwp.org/mccomas/mccomask/ and not list a filename, the blog would automatically list all of my writings.
This is a really powerful tool, the relative path thingy, and I’ll be glad to try to explain more but why don’t you give it a try as I’ve explained it so far and see how that looks to you. Let me know where my instructions are not clear.