We are in the lab today. You may either learn more about blog writing by reading a few blogs online, or you may conduct some research for your Hamlet assignment.
If you are looking for blogs:
- start by looking up blogs connected to your interests. For example, if you wish to write a series of album reviews, look for bloggers that write reviews, too.
- Compare mainstream and inpendent blogs. Writing about sports? Find a professional writer/blogger on the cbc.ca (or a similar site) and compare his/her work to that of a fan blogger.
Blogs tend to feature the following conventions:
- The opening sentences are catchy, engaging, or even controversial. The writer needs to get your interest right away, or you might navigate to another site.
- In keeping with traditional journalism, the paragraphs tend to be shorter (3-4 sentences long).
- The tone is usually informal, with regular use of personal pronouns. Blogs reflect personal opinions, after all.
- Unlike essays, blogs don’t have to be linear. While you still need to back up opinions with evidence and analysis, you don’t have to come to a clear conclusion. Thing of blogs are part of a discussion: you may state your opinion, work out an idea or two, or even withhold judgement.
Looking for sources for your work on Hamlet?
- Visit the library’s databases
- If you have a London Library card, you have access to the Pubilc Library’s electronic databases
- Try Google Scholar
- All try the Free Library