You'll do a lot of the writing for this class in your individual blog space on the course website. You can access your blog via your my account page.
One way to think of a weblog or blog is as a journal. However, unlike a journal that you might keep at home (as well as most if not all of the writing you have done in school before), your blog space is public. Your fellow class members will be invited to read your blog. Classmates may respond to your posts with comments and replies. Group members will review notes you take when doing research. And, of course, since it's on the Internet, other Web readers may encounter your writing and take a look at what you have to say.
There are many uses for blogs, but we'll only use them for a few things here. During this class, you'll be asked to use your course blog to
- respond to readings
- share drafts of your work-in-progress for peer review
- keep a project log
Good Blogging Practices
- Titles for blog posts should reflect the context of what you have written, not merely restate the name of the title of the assignment or reading. Interesting and informative titles draw more interesting responses from others.
- Blogs should demonstrate the principles of writing for the Web as they are covered in this course.
- Bloggers link. Use hyperlinks when referring to another post on the public Internet and follow good attribution practices. Hyperlinks require converting text to a link, not merely cutting and pasting in an URL. The Drupal site is set up to automatically convert URLs into hyperlinks, and you can also use the "Insert/edit link" button above the Body box where you enter content. A hyperlink should be accompanied by some descriptive text that explains where the link goes and what it shows ("click here" is not a good form for a hyperlink)
- Good bloggers always keep in mind that they are writing for a public audience.
- Use images and screenshots to enliven your posts or provide examples.
To Learn More
- To receive credit for your work, be sure to follow the course requirements for reading responses.
- Review the discussion of weblogs in Writing: A Manual for the Digital Age (pp. 350-354).