I discovered today that it takes only a few seconds to set up a WordPress blog. I plan to use this for my course announcements next semester. I can still update on my smart phone when needed using the WordPress app.
Creating the site and entering a couple posts was done within a few minutes. Uploading a picture for the menu bar took a couple tries because the navigation for resizing the picture was having some flaky problems.
Adding links was easy- but there was no place to store documents so I am still using the public folder in Dropbox for that.
One advantage for the students is that their is a pull down menu that will allow them to look at messages that are only for their course. I will not have to battle the artificial 140 character limit either.
I’ll decide at the end of the semester whether I prefer this to Twitter for updating course announcements.