Have a good summer everyone! I thoroughly enjoyed this class and I will continue to check in with your blogs and wikis. I’m sure nobody will read this thing but Dr. Morgan anyway, but there it is if you’ve got nothing better to do…. 🙂
Author Archives: Wayne
It’s about time! I was glad to see all of the improvements to the WordPress dashboard, like the ability to cut and copy within a post draft – what a concept! Moving the media inserts to the top of the page – very nice. Although I have been having trouble inserting pictures, I’m sure they will smooth out the glitches. But since the new look arrived, I’ve been desperately searching for the spellchecker. And at last, tonight when I logged in to write a post, there the little guy appeared, right back where he belongs at the top of the draft window – right next to his cool new friend the fullscreen toggle. Welcome back little guy. I’ve missed you.
This perfectly poached egg might be a little hard-boiled, and as Easter eggs go, this might be a rotten egg, but the lights are still on at the LPRB. I may have stuffed the whole egg in my mouth or just bitten off more than I can chew!
I’ve been spending my time trying to raise my Firearm Safety Training blog. It has been a little slow going over at the firearm safety training site because I have been plodding along trying to find the footings of the foundation from which to start building. I have decided to utilize a number of pages on that site in order to detail some of the different aspects of the course (like classroom, essay, and survival kits), and from there I plan to start making posts pertaining to assignments and information that will help the students through the course. There is an extensive blogroll to help the students discover their part in the hunting and shooting community and the hits counter shows how many students have had their Homework Counted. So it’s been pretty boring, tedious stuff so far, but I am optimistic about the future as I start making some posts to the Homework and Other Useful Stuff categories. It has also been a little tricky trying to remember to write so that 11 and 12 year-olds will understand and take interest as well as their parents. Things are looking good though as at last I heard the first class was half full already with a few signed up for the second class.
Meanwhile, over at the LPRB, did you know We’re #19?
And one more thing — I love this “Edit timestamp” feature…
My search for a popular and interesting blog began with the blog referenced in Risdahl’s Chapter 3 under recreation blogs, the fishing and outdoors blog hosted by the Billings Gazette. While I could not find it under the address listed in the book (www.outdoorweblog.com/), I did find a tab at the newspaper’s homepage for blogs hosted by that sight, which led me to GazOutdoors. The GazOutdoors blog is co-written by the Gazette’s outdoors gurus and has been posting outdoors info, advice and events since November, 2004. While the blog meets most of Risdahl’s criteria of a popular blog, I didn’t feel so compelled to make it my choice for this assignment.
Instead my search continued through an “outdoors blog” browser search until I stumbled upon The Daily Coyote. This blog grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let go, and what grabbed it was all the amazing pictures. Now, if you’ve had the inclination to stop by my little creation, you’ll know that I have somewhat of a fetish with the subject matter of outdoors-related photography. But the next thing I noticed about The Daily Coyote is that this blogger, Shreve Stockton, has only been going about this blog since September, that’s September of 2007! During this time she has established an incredible following by usually simply posting a single photograph of her life with a tomcat, Eli, and an orphaned coyote, Charlie, in Wyoming. A following may be an understatement. By searching on through the site, you’ll notice that she has built up a daily, weekly, and monthly subscriber base; the popularity of this blog has seemed to explode exponentially in less than six months. In that time, the blog has also been named a finalist for The 2007 Weblog Awards.
While Shreve’s stunning photos, most of which feature Charlie the coyote, is what immediately demands your investigation of this blog, it also meets much of Risdahl’s criteria for what makes a blog popular. The two criteria that Shreve glaringly meets are focus and personality. The focus is undeniable, it’s about her life in Wyoming with Charlie and Eli. Period. As for her personality, that becomes very apparent as you begin to dig through the blog and may be best exemplified by the Five Dollar Stetson….. I wonder if I can get this in poster size?
OK, OK, I just figured out this linking thing at 2:30am and boy is it fun! I might just link the whole wide world now.
I’m Wayne Schmeling, the ol’ guy in class, and I’m a returning, transfer student at BSU. If I can link all these classes together I should finish with two degrees, a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Creative and Professional Writing and a Bachelors of Science in History, by the Spring of 2009. That makes me a BSU Senior on the 20-year plan! In my previous life I lived outdoors, as a Hunting and Fishing Manager. And before that, once upon a time, I was a Journalism major at the U.
I am really enjoying being back in school again, and now I’ve got this shiny new weblog! So, check it out and I’ll see you in class.