Almost First Blog Ever

This is (pretty much) the first blog I’ve ever written.  The only previous experience I have with writing blogs occurred long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away called…Senior Year German Class at Clinton High School in 2006.  My German teacher, Frau Peters, affectionately known as simply Frau, really wanted to set her students up for success and get us blogging as part of a year-long German 5 project (Deutsch Fünf Projekt) and as a way to express ourselves.  Naturally, we goofed around on the blog more than anything and had basically zero understanding as to what a blog even was.  I recall it being just another place for my classmates (some of my best friends) and I to be silly and tell inside jokes that Frau didn’t seem to ever catch.  For example, one of her favorite questions to ask us on Monday was, “Was hast du am Wochenende gemacht?” meaning, “What did you do this weekend?”  We were pretty good kids, don’t get me wrong, but our weekends were usually pretty colorful and we often responded with answers using code words.  For example, “Wir haben viel Limonada getrunken!” which means “We drank lots of lemonade!”  Oy.

The only other exposure I’ve had more recently to blogs has been when I’m looking for recipes and seem to get taken to all sorts of (mostly ladies’) blogs that go on FOREVER when I’m simply looking for the standard recipe:  ingredients and preparation.  Instead, I have to scroll past what feels like an incredible story and a lifetime of photos leading up to the turkey meatloaf the blogger prepared for her picky husband and children, but (to her delight!) they ate every last bite of the turkey loaf and (gasp!) they couldn’t even tell the difference!

I hope I don’t completely offend/bore/annoy people when it comes to my blog here this semester.  It was shocking to me to read so much about blogging and blog literacy on the course content of D2L–I never knew there were so many rules and so much speculation when it comes to blogging.  But I suppose like anything else there are protocol and analyses.

So here’s to a great semester of blogging and learning about emerging media.  I promise I’ll take this one more seriously than the one from German 5.

About mollynolte

MSTPC grad student scheduled to graduate in May 2017. Lover of the outdoors, my dogs, autumn, yoga, and travel.

Posted on September 13, 2016, in Social Media. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I had to laugh at your description of food blogs. Pretty much dead on. It’s even worse on a phone because you have to scroll forrrrrever to get to the recipe. And of course, even if you follow the recipe perfectly, it never looks like the photos in the blog post. Not sure if this is appropriate, but I really recommend http://www.budgetbytes.com . The author, Beth, rarely gives life stories. She’s more likely to focus the great deal she got when she procured the ingredients. Still have to get through some text to get to the recipe, but it’s usually interesting and relevant to the recipe itself.

    Your experience with blogging in German class reminded me of the first course I took with a wiki component. The professor would be lecturing up at the front , while the class–adults across the board–would all be having edit wars on the wiki. Nothing malicious–mostly just changing the theme and fonts and whatnot.

    When it comes to “rules” of blogging (or social media in general), I generally have two guiding principles:
    1) Once you post, it’s on the Internet forever. No takebacks.
    2) Never post something you wouldn’t want your mother/grandmother/boss/young child to read.

  2. I love the #1 rule–no takebacks. My mom always gave me this great piece of advice as kid: “If you don’t want someone to know something about you, don’t write it down.” That still applies today beyond paper and pencil.

  3. Just this weekend I noticed all those paragraphs of life story before the recipe ingredients were shared!

    Also, if anyone wants to change their WordPress screen name to be more anonymous, that’s totally fine. I just need to know who everyone is when it comes to grading.

    A colleague recently reminded me of this advice too:

    depo

  4. You are very good at blogging – lol. I really enjoyed your entry and I love your description of the recipe. I recently wondered why recipes come with such in-depth narratives. I just want the ingredients and details.

    I also loved your description of high school blogging. It made me wish I could log in and read them. Thanks for the humor. I really enjoyed your post.

  5. Professor Pignetti, I love that image. Very funny and good advice for sure. Working for local government, there’s always that pressure hanging over our heads of not ending up on the news.

    knoblockj, I appreciate your comment! Thanks! 🙂

  6. I am in the cybersecurity department of a credit card company, and with all the high-profile information breaches lately, our ultimate goal is to NOT end up on CNN.

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