If you’re interested in how you might use your growing expertise in web writing / blogging – and you should be interested in how you might use your etc – have a look at Hunger Matters , the blog for Second Harvest Heartland. Lindsi Gish, a BSU grad in Creative and Pro Writing (LinkedIn), is Second Harvest’s E-Communications Marketing Manager, and apparently responsible for content updates on the blog and the Second Harvest site.
Actually, it looks like Lindsi is coordinating all kinds of social media for the non-profit: a Flickr stream, Twitter account, FriendFeed, Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube:
And as of today, she’s on her way to Chicago for a meeting. To think she started at BSU.
I’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/txt.net.)
(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.
More suggestions here, at ProBlogger.com.
And have a look at
Pay Matt’s blog a visit. It’ll be worth your time.
Matt Thommes / matthom
I have completed my studio tour and would like to invite you to check it out! The projects I toured are very good; you will want to visit them!
Music Reviews by Gracie
Malaysia Truly Asia
Thanks, and enjoy!
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…
When you get a chance, have a look at Nisha’s blog Malaysia Truely Asia (which has just been linked in). Places, pictures, festivals, food. Everything a travel blog can be.
Hope everyone had a good break.
Some of you have been very busy, and the projects show it. Have a look at some of the latest projects and see what you can add:
- Erik Rundquist’s The Wishing Well. An encyclopedia of change, “a database for information on problems that face the people of the United States and the World as a whole.” First issue, PovertyLocal.
- Bender’s Cinebloggin’. In the tradition of gossip blogs. News is that Monopoly is going to be a film.
- Wayne Schmeling: Liberty Pine Ranch Breaks. Wayne’s building on his professional work with enthusiasm (just have a look at his blogroll.) But he also visited the wilds of Seven Corners and the West Bank over break: Stomping Grounds.
- Briana French: BareFoot Aviary is looking for information – first hand information, none of that copy and paste stuff – on owning and raising birds. Even those with less experience can add questions, is my bet.
If your project isn’t listed on the Project Blogroll, send me the link to your site, and add it to your project description page. Keep moving forward.