I emailed everyone several days ago, asking you to send me your preferred username for the blog, so I can create your accounts. Please email me ASAP, at my gmail address; you can’t post until your accounts are created, and you’re supposed to post before class tomorrow…
Hi, all. As soon as you possibly can, would you email me at my Gmail account (address on the syllabus page) with your preferred username for the class blog? I’d email you myself, but I utterly failed to send around my sign-in sheet in order to get your working email addresses!
Once I’ve gotten your username from you, I’ll create your account; the system will send you a message with an initial password and instructions for logging in. Once you have logged in, on the dashboard, you’ll see a menu called “Posts” on the left-hand side, and a link reading “Add New.” Use that link to, well, add a new post. (Be sure to click “Publish” when you’re ready for the post to go live; otherwise, we’ll never see it.) It would be great if it actually dealt with the reading for next week, but certainly post something anyhow, just so we can be sure everything is working.
Also, I know some of you are trying to track down the Lister text; I’m going to scan the portion of the text that we’re reading for Wednesday and post it on Sakai just in case, but try to get ahold of the book as quickly as you can.
This site is yours to make of what you want, a space for further interaction, for exploration, for testing out some of the ideas that come up in our discussions or in your papers. You’ll be expected to post your thoughts about our class reading here on the blog, but I also want to see you trying things out here for yourselves, thinking actively about how this blog might be made a useful space for thinking about and experimenting with the technologies that we’re studying this semester.
So any number of things might provide a good topic for a blog post. Here are a few suggestions (slightly modified from a similar list my colleague Meg Worley gave a class of hers):
- Isn’t it cool the way that Author X seems to predict technology Y?
- Aargh, I just can’t get my head around today’s reading.
- Does “jargonterm” mean P or Q — or something else entirely?
- Wow, Reading Z really reminds me of last week’s episode of Lost.
- I could use some feedback on this idea I’ve been wrestling with…
- Did she say A or B in class yesterday? I forgot to write it down.
- Hey, I’m in a play this weekend, and y’all should come!
You’ll no doubt find other things you want to post about, too — things you stumble across on the web that the rest of the class should see, things you find in your research that the rest of the class might be interested in. This kind of sharing is what makes group blogs exciting; I’ll look forward to seeing what you come up with.