Week 6: Reflection #2

Post your responses to Reflection 2 directly as a comment on this post, just as you did with Reflection 1.

Reflection 2

Your first formal reflection for this course helped you to develop a blog topic. In this reflection, you’ll reflect on how blogging has affected your thinking and writing so far, and you’ll identify longer-term goals based on your blogging experience.

You may use the following questions to spur your reflections, but you don’t have to answer every question. You may address each question individually or synthesize your thoughts into a cohesive essay about your experience in this course. In either format, your finished reflection should be about 500 words.

  • What one or two specific aspects of your blog are you most proud of this semester, and why? How can you build on these successes in the future of your blog?
  • What was your favorite, or most successful, post? What made it especially successful?
  • What was your most challenging, or least successful, post? What made it especially challenging, and how might you address similar challenges in future posts?
  • Remember the values statement you wrote on the first day of class. How have you endeavored to reflect specific values identified in that statement in your blog? Which values do you see less reflected in your blog? How might you deepen your commitment to those values in your future blogging?
  • How has your blogging impacted your writing in other settings (academic writing, social media, e-mail…)? How has your blogging impacted your reading in those same settings?
  • What are the most important lessons you’ve learned about visual rhetoric (document design, image use, photography…)?
  • After reading various blogs and creating your own, how has your understanding of evidence changed? In the blogipelago, what is good evidence? What is bad evidence? How will you evaluate the evidence you find linked in blogs?
  • What value do you see your blog contributing to the lives of your readers? In what directions do you envision taking the blog in the future?
  • Summarize your learning from the course in the form of a microblog post…

on Instagram (describe what you’d take a picture of):

on Twitter or Facebook:

on a different platform, and why:

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Week 6: Blogging as Social Engagement

For this assignment, you have two options:

1) Respond to the Week 6 Prompt, written below. [100 words]

or

2) Respond to at least two of your peers’ responses to the Week 6 Prompt. [60 words each]

No matter which option you choose, make sure to tie your responses to our course readings (from Week 6 and/or previous weeks).

Prompt: Thinking over the time you’ve spent looking at blogs so far this semester – those you’re following, those you’ve found via classmates’ posts, those you’ve stumbled across, or even your own – which of Rebecca Blood’s six rules for ethical blogging conduct ring the most true for you, and why? Do you believe the blogs you’ve seen generally adhere to these rules, or no? Or – are there other rules you think are important that Blood leaves out, based on what you’ve seen? Whatever your answers, illustrate your response with references (and links) to one or two blog posts.

Week 5: Blogging as Storytelling

For this assignment, you have two options:

1) Respond to the Week 5 Prompt, written below. [100 words]

or

2) Respond to at least two of your peers’ responses to the Week 5 Prompt. [60 words each]

No matter which option you choose, make sure to tie your responses to our course readings (from Week 5 and/or previous weeks).

Prompt: For your post this week, read through the last week of 3 of the blogs you are following, and consider how recent posts relate to posts you have seen previously. Do you see narratives unfolding in these blogs? Do you see techniques for creating/maintaining narrative that you’d like to try (or avoid) in your own blog?  Pick the blog with the most interesting narrative and share your thoughts on it here. (Building on our theme from last week, you may also want to consider how visuals such as photos interact with that narrative.)

Week 4: Rhetoric of Visual Design

For this assignment, you have two options:

1) Respond to the Week 4 Prompt, written below. [100 words]

or

2) Respond to at least two of your peers’ responses to the Week 4 Prompt. [60 words each]

No matter which option you choose, make sure to tie your responses to our course readings (from Week 4 and/or previous weeks).

Select two of the blogs you are following and analyze each blog’s visual style. What elements of the site’s design make it attractive or unattractive, easy or difficult to use? What “feeling” is conveyed by the site’s design elements and/or deployment of images? What design techniques do you see that you want to embrace or avoid in your own blog? (You don’t have to directly answer all these questions – focus on the one or two questions most relevant to your interests and the blogs you’re analyzing for this week’s post.)

Remember that providing links to the blog pages and/or images you analyze will help your reader corroborate (or challenge) your findings.

Week 3: Finding Your Voice

For this assignment, you have two options:

1) Respond to the Week 3 Prompt, written below. [100 words]

or

2) Respond to at least two of your peers’ responses to the Week 3 Prompt. [60 words each]

No matter which option you choose, make sure to tie your responses to our course readings (from Week 3 and/or previous weeks).

Prompt: Select two of the blogs you are following and analyze the “voice” of each blogger. How would you characterize each blogger’s voice/persona? What techniques does each blogger use to cultivate his/her voice? In what ways are those techniques successful or unsuccessful?

Note: your post will be more credible if you include specific examples to illustrate your response and also provide links to the textual evidence you use in your post.

Week 2: What, Why, and How of Blogging

For this assignment, you have two options:

1) Respond to the Week 2 Prompt, written below. [100 words]

or

2) Respond to at least two of your peers’ responses to the Week 2 Prompt. [60 words each]

No matter which option you choose, make sure to tie your responses to either Rettberg’s “What is a Blog?” or Sullivan’s “Why I Blog.”

Prompt: Begin following at least five blogs. (You may find interesting blogs to follow by searching Google, browsing an aggregator such as Feedly, or soliciting recommendations from others.) Read a few sample posts from each blog and analyze those posts using ideas from Rettberg’s and/or Sullivan’s essays. If you can, include quotes and links to your sample blog posts and the readings; doing so will help you to practice for your own blog. If you have trouble including quotes and/or links, write yourself some notes in Evernote or whatever other journal format you prefer so that you can get help during class.