Write two blog posts this week, responding to posts written by somebody else: create a post on the class blog, linking us to your posts and explaining in a sentence or two why you responded to those specific posts.
- Claire Bond Potter, “Virtually a Historian: Blogs and the Recent History of Dispossessed Academic Labor,” Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques v. 38 no. 2 (summer 2012), 83-97.
- Carolyn Wei, “Formation of Norms in a Blog Community,” Into the Blogosphere: Rhetoric, Community and Culture of Weblogs (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 2004).
- Room for Debate, “The War Against Online Trolls,” New York Times, August 20 2014.
- sleepydumpling, “Sugar And Spice and All Things Nice? I Think Not,” Fat Heffalump, August 21 2014.
Workshop exercise: Go through your blogroll to remove blogs that are no longer active or interesting to you. Replace them, and augment your list, with other bloggers who you would like to be aware of your work; go through these bloggers’ blogrolls to add members of those bloggers’ communities to your own. Then, plan a series of three posts that will draw this community to you and begin to set those posts up on your blog.
People new to the class: write a post for the class blog, introducing yourself to the other members of the class. If you have a blog of your own, link it in your post. Then, with the time remaining, familiarize yourself with the blogs written by your classmates, and leave comments for them.