What is Blogging?
A blog is a searchable history of a writer’s thoughts and comments on a variety of subjects. Because the blog format permits readers to leave comments, the blog is also a multilogue, a conversation between a number of people (unless of course, we are talking about my blog. Because no one reads my blog, it is technically a monologue).
What the Entry Requirements?
- You will write THREE blog entries in each term
- Each entry will be roughly 250 words
- The entries may be on a variety of topics, but providing your blog with a specific focus will help you considerably
- The tone of the blog should be informal/conversational, but not colloquial. This means that you may deliberately break a grammar rule or two, but you should avoid clichés and expressions that are best saved for interactions with friends. Remember, too, that informal writing still features appropriate word choice.
- Blog paragraphs tend to be shorter than essay paragraphs.
The tone tends to be conversational, not formal. Remember that you want people to respond to your work.
- Engage the audience. You need to keep the reader’s interest.
- Make the first sentence count. Have you ever visited a website, only to leave after a few seconds because it didn’t grab your interest? Blogs need to capture the reader’s interest immediately, or the visitor might find another site.
- Stake out new ground. Don’t retell a story that I can find elsewhere. Give me a fresh perspective.
- Mix opinion with analysis. Because this is a blog, you MUST tell me what you think. Just remember to analyze your own ideas and conclusions.
- This is a mixed medium. If you a writing a CD review, link to a site that allows me to listen to a few seconds of the recording. If you are stating your opinion about the latest hockey controversy, link to a reputable site that is covering the story.
- It is okay to be uncertain, or to ask for feedback. Blogging is a great way to explore an issue/problem that has you befuddled. You can use the blog to analyze all sides of the problem.