“How do I know what I think until I see what I say?” ~E.M. Forster Dr. Jodene K. Morrell CSU Pomona College of Education & Integrative Studies
Are you a writer? What “makes” a writer?
Background Information • Blog – contraction of “web log” • Commonly displayed in reverse chronological order • Anonymous • Forum for virtual conversation • Addictive
What is a Blog? • “… a blog is just a tool. There's nothing special about it, no requirements for any particular features or capabilities. …there's no group that determines if something is or isn't a blog. This means that it's basically impossible to estimate how many blogs or bloggers are out there."
Who’s Blogging? “… if we constrain ourselves to sites that have constantly-added narrative content and do allow user feedback… millions of blogs, people ranging from pre-teens to senior citizens, with the bulk of bloggers in their late teens to 50 or thereabouts.” (Dave Taylor, Business Blogger)
Networking, Blogging, Politics • http://directory.etalkinghead.com/ • http://blogs.aljazeera.net/middle-east/2011/02/06/live-blog-feb-7-egypt-protests • http://www.arabist.net/blog/2011/1/24/tunisia-diary-arrival-1.html • http://www.milblogging.com/
Increased Access, Increased Print • Benefits • Drawbacks
http://skirt.com/getaclewis/blog/it-has-been-year-haiti • http://myinnerchick.com/about/ • http://agourahills.patch.com/users/charlene-ross
Quick Poll http://www.polleverywhere.com/multiple_choice_polls/NTcyNTM1MjQy
Writing in Class • Writing portfolios • Saving marriages! A free therapy session • Quiet space, time • Various prompts • Links • http://www.birdandmoon.com/55words/ • http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/storystarters/storystarter1.htm
Reminder “Does it hurt?” I whisper. “Of course,” he replies. “More than the back?” “Much more.” Fumes from rubbing alcohol. Nauseous. Giddy. I fling my forearm over the fake leather cushion and he proceeds to carve letters into my wrist with a piercing needle and black tempura paint. Words etch into flesh. 55 words.
“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” ~Sylvia Plath