In this final class, we address strategies for keeping a blog going, how to cultivate the atmosphere on your blog, and how to grow a reader base through regular posting and commenting. What makes a blog successful? We will also talk about why a blog might end. This week, each blogger should write four posts of at least 400 words each.
- “Profile: Matt Drudge,” BBC News February 29 2008.
- Lauren Collins, “The Oracle: The Many Lives of Arianna Huffington,” The New Yorker, October 13 2008.
- Roxie Smith Lindemann, “Meet Roxie!” and “After the Hospital,” Roxie’s World, March 12 2006; “Meet Moose and Goose,” Roxie’s World, March 14 2006; “I’m So Glad We Had This Time Together,” Roxie’s World, July 18 2012.
- Gordon Gartrelle, “Friday Five: 5 Phrases Respectable Negroes Need to Retire,” We Are Respectable Negroes, November 30 2007.
- Chauncey De Vega, “The Power of the Tea Party Imaginary: Why Is This Man Crying While He Sings the Star Spangled Banner?” We Are Respectable Negroes, September 24, 2011.
- Marilee Lindemann, “RIP Bitch Ph.D.,” Roxie’s World, October 13 2010.
Workshop Exercise: In the second hour, we will learn how to publicize our blog posts on Twitter and Facebook, use tags, and choose a Creative Commons license. Those who wish to do so may now make their blogs public.