Developing Social Media Residency Curriculum

I’m developing curriculum for our Social Media Residency program, which we put on through the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media. The course I’m doing right now is Blogging 101: Getting Started with Blogging. So I’m writing a post to show how all of the formatting tools work… or at least to give a sense for the basics.

So while the rest of this post might not be particularly compelling or meaningful for you, if you participate in Social Media Residency you will get to see the end product. You also can get access to the module if you or your organization join the Social Media Health Network.

The WordPress formatting toolbar lets you make text bold, italic or underlined, and you can strike though to acknowledge your goof-ups instead of covering your traks tracks.

You can have bulleted lists…

  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Indigo
  • Violet

…or numbered lists.

  1. Red
  2. Orange
  3. Yellow
  4. Green
  5. Blue
  6. Indigo
  7. Violet

Please don’t go overboard in using colors in your posts. Just because you can use colors doesn’t mean you should, any more than you would mix lots of fonts in a printed document.

Text can be


Centered, or


You also can have various header styles.

This is just an intro to the dashboard and writing a post, so I won’t go through everything, but I think it’s kind of cool that you can have special characters like these:®©

In a future post in the Social Media Residency curriculum we will deal with inserting images, videos and the like, but this will hopefully give our residents enough guidance to write their first post.


Author: Lee Aase

Husband of one, father of six, grandfather of 15. Chancellor Emeritus, SMUG. Emeritus staff of Mayo Clinic. Founder of HELPcare and Administrator for HELPcare Clinic.

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