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are web sites sinking?

Keep an eye out for web sites going down as the recession spreads.  I’ve read reports of two sites related to universities closing in two days.  JuicyCampus, a much-hated campus gossip site, is shutting down because of lack of revenue; and Ruckus, an mp3 subscription service for campuses, is closing for unknown reasons.

These sites were probably close to the edge already, so losing them might be No Big Deal.  But if advertising revenue dries up, other sites could close or move to a subscription service.  Google laid off recruiters and there are rumors that it might be cutting up to 1000 engineers.

Watch the blogosphere to see what washes up.



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some notes on reading early weblogs on football sunday

200902011124.jpgI’ve been reading your blogs this morning.

Rettberg’s blogging book is not a how to text, so she doesn’t use lists of tips and suggestions to address the particulars about posting that bloggers might run into.

(She touches on some on her own blog, jill/

(And some of her current posts develop further what we’ve been discussing in class: heading out of the gutenberg parentheses, for instance, is worth a read – not only for class but to see how scholars blogs and how they connect and interact on blogs.)

There are other sources for tips and how to’s and blogging prompts. Google “blogging tips” or “writing prompts” to find them.

Here’s a list I drew up while I read your blogs this morning, with links to other blogging sites. (The list is not as linked as it might should be. I may add more links later, and you can add them using comments.)

  • Don’t diss yourself. Your interests, the things you’ve done, and people you know are not boring to the web. They are points of contact with others. For that matter, those interests are things you blog about; they become tags.
  • Rather than just assert, complain, or praise, link. Boring professor? Make the critique work for you. Find images, other references to boring professors – and interesting ones. Interesting professor? Find others and link to them. Comparisons on the web are dramatized rather than simply asserted – a point that challenges traditional writing practice. [need link]
  • Comment with links. Professor or textbook made an assertion you agree with or want to challenge? Comment, and goggle for material to inform your commentary. Try it with some of Rettberg’s takes on blogging and social media. That idea of “focused reading”: There is certainly evidence around that orchestrates other ways of understanding.
  • Even the more personal stuff opens itself to links, images, and development beyond a stream of words. [needs links]
  • Post regularly. short, long, whatever. More than once a day is ok too. This seems to be a matter of getting yourself involved in the project of blogging.
  • Add a link to your blog from your wiki page. Add a link to your wiki page from your blog. Add a link to The Daybook to your blog roll. linked in = readers.
  • Cruise your colleague’s blogs, read, and comment. There are topics out there to comment on. Commenting on those of others in the class is a good start.
  • Weblogs take maintenance. They are gardens. Rake, seed, water, fertilize.
  • Use blogging to master Google and Wikipedia, as well as more specialized sites in your areas of interest. Creative writing? Where are the links to others in the game, to other sites that address writing, other commenters and bloggers – pro and student?
  • Use variation to experiment. Short posts, long posts, some filter posts, some topical, some on your local ideas and life.
  • Use the blog for class notes, in and out of class
  • Lists: to do lists. shopping lists. wish lists. lists of 100 to do before you graduate … the list is a lively online genre. Work with them.

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draft for tagging and categories

This is a draft saved to illustrate categories and tags.

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What to write: Be social

Blogs are a social medium, so postings often start with or end with or link to or comment on another blog posting.

To find other blogs:

  • when you’re logged into WP, use the Blog Info menu and the right arrow in the upper-right of the window
  • or click the Readomatic link to the left in the WP Dashboard
  • to find a blog on a particular topic. try googling the topic +blog.

Wander around for a while. Look at other blogs and how writers do things.  You’re learning the social practices of blogging.

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Twitter at MLA II

Twitter at MLA II: Panel notes | HASTAC

Anyone considering a hybrid project should have a look at these notes from a panel at the latest MLA.  Jill Walker Retteberg was there.

Things move quickly on this side of the literacy street.  But it pays to keep up.

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A good project idea for spring bloggers.

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ScribeFire: Another Useful Tool

It’s probably a little late in the semester to be bringing up a tool to make blogging quicker and easier, but I’ve recently come upon a browser extension called ScribeFire which is free, seems to be easy to use with WordPress and is well-reviewed. It’s Firefox-only, but so should you be. It might make life easier for those of us who have chosen a blog-based final project.

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