ENG 4U 2013: How to Blog

Let’s begin with the presentations from last week.  After these presentations are finished, you will examine the structure of a blog entry using the criteria below. If you wish to find a different blog entry using your device, visit this site: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/blogs/directory.html

Please keep notes based on your findings. We will use your notes tomorrow to discuss your very first evaluated blog entry.

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).

How is a Blog Entry Constructed?

  • Blogs reflect you. Thus, it is perfectly acceptable to use personal pronouns.
  • Blogs reflect your opinion, even if you are unsure what you opinion is.  Unlike other forms of writing, blog entries don’t have to be definitive; you are allowed to play both sides of an argument, and ask your readers to decide.
  • The opening sentences of blogs are crucial.  They need to capture the reader’s interest so that they want to read more. (think of how many websites you have left after 10 seconds because of a bad opening or a poor layout).
  • Blog paragraphs tend to be shorter than essay paragraphs.
  • Because blog entries are based on opinion, good topic sentences are essential. They provide an important focus for the entire blog entry.
  • 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.
  • The tone tends to be conversational, not formal. Remember that you want people to respond to your work.

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