What we will do today:

  • I will briefly explain blogging
  • I will give you some advice about writing a blog entry
  • I will ask you to collect 4 things for your first blog entry
  • You may begin writing!

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).

  • Remember, too, that informal writing still features appropriate word choice.
  • Blog paragraphs tend to be shorter than essay paragraphs.

Advice

  • The tone tends to be conversational, not formal. You want people to respond to your work. Remember, however, that a conversational tone still features appropriate word choice. Put another way: a conversational tone does not include slang.
  • Paragraphs tend to be shorter. Aim for 4-6 sentences per paragraph.
  • 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.

The Four Things

Before you start writing your blog entry, I want you to find these things that you can include in your work. Make sure you save a link so you can get back to this source if necessary:

  1. 1 very official source (say, for example, a blurb from the ERSB website, or something by an organization that has guidelines or policies about this sort of thing)
  2. a social media source (an example of someone using social media to say something interesting about your topic)
  3. a source featuring an opinion (this could be an article from a website, or even a snippet from a blog written by an established writer)
  4. an image or video clip you can embed in your work (if you choose “image” make sure you have permission to use it)
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