Blogging and The Readings
When I first saw the test post assignment, I thought to myself that I didn’t really have very much experience blogging. I think it’s partially because I start to blog, get bored, abandon blog and then forget all about it.
My first blog was on blogger. I can’t even remember the name. I think it was from 2006, maybe. I wrote about weird and funny things that had happened in my day.
I also have blogged for the Department of Art and Design (now the school of Art and Design). It is really, really low on the priority list for the unit, so I only occasionally post. Mostly I solicit write-ups from faculty since I’m not an expert, but I sometimes write articles. It’s found here: http://sightlinesblog.blogspot.com/
I made a recent attempt at blogging. I was focusing on trying to be more mindful of the happiness in my life, so I put this together. However, I kind of got bored talking about what I ate every day, which I discovered was a big factor in my everyday happiness level. Here it is: http://thehappinessreport.blogspot.com/
I’ve also anonymously guest blogged on a friend’s national blog.
There was a lot of ground covered in these readings. In Reid’s “Why Blog” I found some of the reasons my blogs haven’t really been successful. On p. 311, he states “The most challenging task is finding a subject on which to write, or what we rhetoricians term “invention.” That’s one of my biggest problems.
I liked Davies and Merchant’s idea of blogging as a social practice, and was a little surprised at their assertion that blogging was a “seductive” activity, although I have seen why through my own experiences. This article struck a chord with me, because I am really interested in affinity spaces and communities of practice. I didn’t know what they were called, but I was interested in that sense of community that blogs engender. I am so interested in these communities, that I had been thinking about doing my thesis on the phenomenon with regard to memes. I think this will be a seminal springboard for that.
There were great bit and pieces in the rest, like Nardi’s five motivations for blogging, Du & Wagner’s correlation to teaching (which crosses over into my ENGL 750 class) and Gregg’s matter-of-fact, downer Debbie look at blogging for Ph.D. candidates and junior faculty. I really enjoyed reading about SMRs. They seem to make lots of sense.