Blog Story: A New Day

Previously On…

“Aaaaaand….Stop.  Class, you may put your pencils down now,”  said Mrs. Jones to her second grade class.  She was floating lightly through the classroom, glancing at the free-writing her students had been working on for the last ten minutes and chuckling to herself.  Some of these ideas were super creative!  Jenny sure does have a lot of ways to describe a pony!  And Ryan: zombie Frankensteins and Russian secret formulas?!  What will they think of next?  She made a mental note to mention this to Dave when she got home–he’s such a huge Shaun of the Dead fan!  If only she could make it through the faculty meeting this afternoon without throwing up.  Who knows what kind of bullpuckie Gary Ocheltree will pull this time.  What a blowhard.


Follow Up: More Tips on What Makes a Good Blog

Tamar Weinberg at Techipedia just added another set of general tips for folks looking to make their blog better.  This is similar to those we looked at during the first week of class in Participatory Cultures, but what is nice about this one is that she links out to at least one or two other posts from other blogs that address the principle at hand.  So if you’re buying her argument that good writing involves good proofreading (and you really, really should), then you can easily click through to’s “14 proofreading tips.”

What Would Alex Juhasz Think?

So Tufts in encouraging Youtube video submissions as part of its application process.  Would Juhasz find this repulsive?

She certainly indicates her disdain for the way Youtube tends to minimize the benefits of extended talk and debate on any subject, and these student-produced videos don’t seem to be very in-depth.

But is Tufts really even calling for Youtube videos per se?  Maybe they are, but I doubt they care to be that specific: rather, I think they’re hoping potential applicants will post a linked video to the web, any linked video.  In this sense, whether it happens to appear on Youtube or not is a bit irrelevant to their goals.

Now, that still may mean Juhasz would find this kind of self-promotion useless or even distasteful.

Plus, this idea is a little outdated to begin with.


In case you missed it.

W Brett
H Ryan
F Brock
Sa Marc
Su Lauren
M Julianne
T Nathan
W JoDee
H Gabe
F Sam
Sa Will
Su Spencer
M Taylor
T Sophie

A Story Begins…

Corrinne shook with fear.  She knew at that moment, this moment, it was her mother’s fault.  Her mother, penetrating eyes, soft hands, responsible for this.  But not completely, not alone.  As much as she blamed her mother, she accepted this cliff she now faced was a long time coming.  How had it come to this?


Enjoying: “Motherblog”

I just heard this term used to describe an academic blog that serves as a central hub for the assigned blogs of students in a course (or at least I think that’s how it was being used). [heard on Gardner Campbell’s audio recap of his faculty seminar on new media being re-posted/hosted at nmc by Alan Levine.]

I’m digging it, and am wondering if this practice–of asking each student to write their own blog and collecting them in some way on the web–is so prevalent that it has garnered it’s own nickname, or if this is a term that is being carried over in some way from somewhere else around the web.

Regardless, I’m about to head up a workshop in my new media seminar that will culminate in my own “motherblog,” and am looking forward to using the term egregiously. 🙂

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