what is this blog thing, anyway?

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. I’ll be asking each of you to take the lead on our discussion of one day’s 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 practicing the kinds of reading and writing that we’re working on this semester.

So any number of things might provide a good topic for a blog post. Here’s an incomplete list that my colleague Meg Worley gave a class of hers:

  • Isn’t it cool the way that Author X uses puns to achieve effect 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 complex problem 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.

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