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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.

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helen dewitt and Your Name Here

200812281607.jpgThose BFAs and MAs who are conflicted about publishing online on paper on your deathbed might have a look at the story behind Helen DeWitt and her latest novel Your Name Here co-written with Ilya Gridneff. Dan Visel has an interview with DeWitt on f:book: an interview with helen dewitt]. And there’s a review of the novel by Jenney Turner in the London Review of Books. And there’s the book itself, Your Name Here published as a screen readable PDF.  

In the interview, DeWitt has plenty to say about writing, publishing, blogging, the role her blog Paperpools played in the process of writing; about writing, reading, and materiality, about co-authoring, about literacy. I scarfed up a copy of YNH after I read DeWitt’s mentions of Pound, Proust, and Eliot, but I’m a sucker for a literary reference.

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bit o’ rambling…

Ever so confused here.  I did an ‘about me’ section the other day. And now its up and gone. That’s twelve shades of crap. I think I lost the tab when I changed the layout of my blog.  I’m probably going to have to go back to a predetermined picture – just to make sure it has all the tab features I need.  That’s crap, too, because I really like my picture. Oh well, right?

I never realized there was so much to blogging. I took for granted that it would be logging in and jotting down thoughts and whatever else I felt like writing about.  And then I see other blogs that are developed and full of features and I can see why they are so popular.

I stumbled about the site Technorati which seems to be all about blogs. All I did was Google ‘most popular blogs’ and it was the popular hit in my search results.  According to Technorati, the most popular blog is this one. And according to this naive, green blogger, I can only figure the reasons BoingBoing is popular is because of its history and noted ‘first of its kind’ type of accomplishments.

According it its website, BoingBoing is a directory of wonderful things.  As edited and written by a team of central authors, the website seems to comment on everything from comics to technology to viral videos to other popular blogs.  At first glance, it doesn’t look anything like one might expect a blog to look like.  I think the most appealing aspect of BoingBoing is the ‘suggest a link’ feature.  Although not everyone can blog and comment (the site removed their commenting feature in 2004), readers can suggest a site for editorial consideration. This helps both readers get their site more visitors and lipservice, but also helps the editors in doing their job; finding sites to comment on and introduce to the www.

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