(wink) (wink) (Hi Ken)
As much as I love the idea of DoOO in contexts like you describe, Ken, for a first experience writing online, it sometimes seems like a lot to hit people with the full management of a domain experience.
The last “real” ds106 I taught was for a class of working adults, and also for our TRU YouShow experience, I felt it was better to get people a sense of the possibility in a hosted space, like WP.com, where they focus first on the public self expression and less about the mechanical aspects. After that, if they see a value, or if they bump against the limitations, I would suggest looking at migrating to a self-hosted venue. It’s somewhat of a scaffolded step.
That might be in a place where you are doing this for your course/students, which is a different scene than in institution making a commitment where students will be doing stuff across courses.
Multiple paths in.