ENG 4U 2011: Intro to Blogging

This is the Rubric for your blogs.

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.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. i know this may sound depressing, its not mean too but, do all the blogs have to be about happy or factual things? or can they be about situations that go on in our mind and we have a structure to it?

  2. klbrink says:

    If we are quoting from an online source, is proper citation necessary, or will a hyper-link to the source be sufficient?

    1. jimpedrech says:

      A hyperlink is the best way to give proper credit…

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