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Becoming a Pro Blogging

Those who are interested in how a grad student is using blogging as a way into the professional life of teacher-writer should have a look at this video of Becoming Dr Jones over at Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/4140821


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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/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

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Some WordPress features for writing

BBC America Super Tuesday Coverage - Gratuitus ImageUse the post title to predict content.  The post title is the first thing – and sometimes the only thing – readers see.  Use it.

Tag your posts.  The tags are collected on WordPress and can lead readers to your work.

Use categories.  Again, categories can lead readers to your writing.  As well, they help you organize your post, which makes for a more useful site.

Check your Stats (Dashboard > Blog Stats).  They tell you who’s visiting, from where, and what they are reading.  When you see a popular post, build on it.

Use Dashboard > Tag Surfer to discover other blogs that are posting on topics you’re interested in. Add tags you want to follow, and when a blogger uses the tag, the post appears on your Tag Surfer page.  This allows you to connect with others blogging on your topic.

We’re all looking for more suggestions.  Any ideas?  Post them here.

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