The following are questions asked at a recent Blogging for Beginners webinar. I'm posting the answers in hopes of maximizing learning - my own included. :)
Sunita asks..."Is there a way to customize the order other than reverse chronological in a blog?"
Answer: If you are using a platform that allows you to make "pages" as well as "posts", you do have a little flexibility here. WordPress, as a platform, lets you do this. Because Edublogs.org uses WordPress, here's what you can do. Certain themes allow you to make "pages"; you can then tell Edublogs to have a certain page be the first thing the viewer sees rather than a reverse chronological listing of your posts (go to your Settings tab, and then Reading Settings). Also on this static page, you can then create hyperlinks (to other web sites or even other posts on your blog) in whatever order you wish. So, in a way, WordPress, as a blogging platform, can serve as a regular website -- some have even used it as a Content Management System. Additionally, remember that you can categorize your posts by tags and "categories", as well as order them however you want on your blog by giving them a "make-believe date" to put them in the order you wish them to appear. There are more advanced options here, but you must have WordPress installed on your own server space to use these features (these options would not exist in Edublogs).
Sunita also asks..."Could you please explain how to remove the random post menu in Blogger.com?"
Answer: Please check out this video tutorial. It is pretty easy and quick. Also, here is another resource. As replacement advertising for Blogger, I'd encourage you to use an icon in your sidebar to "say" that your blog is powered by Blogger.
Dwight asks ..."What is your recommendation for balancing/allowing the world to comment, which could be very motivating for student, with having to manage SPAM or inappropriate comments?"
Petrina: How do you set up a blog so that the teacher will control each individual blogs.