November 12, 2004

Portfolio Entry #2

Since we are following the same format for the blogging portfolio, I am going to use the same explanations as seen in portfolio #1. I feel that these entries are much more in-depth and analytical than anything I posted prior to the October submission. Perhaps, this is because over the course of American Literature I, not only did blogging become more comfortable, but it became a more enjoyable habit.

The assignment has not changed; however, the blogger has. I think this portfolio is exemplifies a maturation. Not only in the number of items covered, but also in the depth in which the items have been examined. A number of other blogs have also improved this semester. Congratulations to our class for doing so well as a blogging community :)

According to, a blog is "a personal Web site that provides updated headlines and news articles of other sites that are of interest to the user, also may include journal entries, commentaries and recommendations compiled by the user." also offers this definition of the word portfolio, "a portable case for holding material, such as loose papers, photographs, or drawings. The materials collected in such a case, especially when representative of a person's work: a photographer's portfolio; an artist's portfolio of drawings." In this case, a blogging portfolio is the collection of blogged posts that can be linked electronically for added convenience to the reader. The goal of this portfolio is to unite the works we have studied in class with our personal thoughts and analysis. We would also like to illustrate the engaging discussion with our classmates, and others, we are making through the use of blogs.

Explanation of the Collection/Coverage:

This portion of the portfolio contains the representative information that we have studied, it is inclusive of all the entries which are important to demonstrate understanding of the material studied. Ths portion of the portfolio also represents how the class engages in an electronice conversation by posting responses/comments to the blogs.

The Devil's Dictionary
Native American Literature
Huck Finn: Chapters 1 to 15
Huck Finn Chapters 16-31
Huck Finn- To the End
John Henry/Remus/Tarbaby/Why the Negro is Black
The Yellow Wallpaper


This section of the portfolio is to demonstrate the ability to engage in through, resourceful examination of the texts at hand. Depth entries can be likened to writing research reports, sans the MLA style formating. However, they do contain helpful web links for the reader of the blog to gather more background/information on the selection.

The four selections from my blog which best identify with the Depth section of the portfolio are:
The Yellow Wallpaper
John Henry/Remus/Tarbaby/Why the Negro is Black
Huck Finn- To the End
Native American Literature


This portion of the portfolio is used to illustrate the ongoing use of weblogs as a medium to interact with classmates.

Nabila Udin inspired me to think about race-relations in Huck Finn. Nabila also inspired me to read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Thanks, Miss Nabila.

Katie Lambert got me to start thinking about my own beliefs in comparison to the creation stories we were examining in class. Thank you, also, Lamb.

Dr. Jerz sets the wheels of paper writing into motion by suggesting a topic. Thank you, Dr. Jerz.

The aforementioned bloggers inspired me to reflect on some big questions from the texts; (or they shed some light on the darkness that can be called writing a paper!)


This section of the blog serves to function as a tool which sparks further examination of the piece of literature at hand.

Melissa Hagg and I have an on going discussion about these short stories.

Nabila Uddin and I discuss Truth and other themes in Huck Finn.

Melissa, Nabila, and myself have a convo about the history of Perkins-Gilman and our thoughts on the text.


This portion of the portfolio examines the different styles of comments one can post on their peers webblogs. The categories are: the comment primo (first person to comment on one's blog and leave insight), the comment grande (an explanation of thoughts on one's blog entry complete with other URL links), the comment informative (offering a more detailed explanation to a classmate), and the link gracious (giving credit to a classmate who sparked the creative/the cognitive process for you.)

I shared Linda Fondrk's sentiments about the rapid increase in technology.

Katie Lambert is always so gracious with compliments. This is a thank you, and a reciprocation: Katie spread an entirely new light on John's fainting.

Nabila Uddin always amazes me with her insights. I felt compelled to tell her this, and to ask her her thoughts about the Romeo and Juliet use.


This is the blog entry that is to best exemplify my achievements as a blogger. Unfortunately, I fancy myself an extraordinarily bland individual that just really likes to read. I am not sure if just writing this would be a fair assesment of how I am as a student webblogger, because I have nothing concrete to say about anything. I am not an expert at one particular subject, I haven't had any marked achievements, I am just ordinary. My wildcard entry is about myself, I am the only thing I can really talk about with some familiarity. Hopefully, I will be able to better introduce myself with this entry.

This is my blogging portfolio. Perhaps it will enlighten you, the reader, to the wide world of blogging and the ongoing conversation webblogs can create.

After doing this for an entire semester, I realized web blogging can really shape your way of thinking. Writing a web blog is no different than writing a journal. However, web blogs are a rather public forum. Perhaps that is what I am still a tad uncomfortable with; though, one really can learn about the way classmates think and really reflect on literature or even a day in class. Will I make a personal blog anytime soon? Probably not. There is nothing I would want to report on that I would want to share with the entire internet. Keeping a blog about literature is a good way to further understand and to examine the text in question. Read other people's blogs; classmates you mighn't get to talk to, have something to say. It is an open forum, explore.

Whatever you choose to do, just remember: it may look tough in the beginning, but a little time (and patience) turns coal into diamonds.

Posted by KatieAikins at November 12, 2004 11:04 PM


I have viewed your portfolio and it's great! I liked how your formatted all the information. It's informative and very organized. You did a great job blogging!

-Nabila :)

Posted by: NabilaUddin at November 13, 2004 10:36 PM


Many thanks for your kind really inspired me to step up my blogging this second half of the semester. Thank you for setting the blogging standard :)


Posted by: Katie Aikins at November 13, 2004 11:56 PM

This is an awesome blog! You have a lot of information on here, and as Nabila mentioned, it is organized very well. I hope that you are enjoying SHU this year. It seems like you're off to a great start. I am very impressed by your blogging, and I hope that you continue to blog!

-Sarah :)

Posted by: Sarah at November 14, 2004 10:07 PM

I think this is a great portfolio. Leave it to Katie to set such high standards! Keep up the good work!

Posted by: Lindsey at November 14, 2004 10:07 PM

This site is very super because it is clean and easy to read. I hate it when websites are overcrowded by materials that are not needed. It is also very informative. I did not know what a blog was until now. Wonderful Ms. Aikins.

Posted by: lolo at November 14, 2004 10:08 PM

This web site is very well organized and easy to follow. It explains every thing thoroughly and provides the reader with a wealth of information.

Posted by: jessica at November 14, 2004 10:13 PM

Katie~ I really liked when you said, "I fancy myself an extraordinarily bland individual that just likes to read." Then you went on to say that the best thing you can talk about is yourself, which is so funny, because I am the exact same way. You are very honest and organized in your blogging...great job! Remember, its not a bad thing to want to talk about one's self, it shows confidence and pride. Its also not a bad thing to want to read instead of write, because it shows that you want to be involved and are interested!

Posted by: Danielle at November 14, 2004 10:16 PM

Awesome blog....everything is organized soooo well, I'm at a loss for how you actually managed to sort everthing out it and stay sane!!! Keep up the good work!!!

Posted by: Ms. Meghan at November 14, 2004 10:28 PM

Hey Katie! I like your page! Genius ;o)! It's well organized and I enjoy reading it since we aren't near each other anymore! I know what's going on with you, and hey, I learned new things I didn't even know about you in all our years of being good friends!

Posted by: Marlena at November 14, 2004 10:38 PM


I found your portfolio wonderfully organized. I never knew what blogging was until now, so thank you for opening up this new blogging world to me!
Keep up the good work, good luck with American Lit!

Posted by: Jen at November 14, 2004 10:40 PM

Great blog, Katie, it was clear and easy to understand. I had no trouble understanding the contents and think it is well done.

Posted by: Dana at November 14, 2004 10:40 PM

Katie, this is an awesome blog!! It is by far one of the most organized I have ever seen. Not to mention it is one of the best well-written ones!

Posted by: Eric at November 14, 2004 11:07 PM

Very impressive blog, Miss Katie! Interesting assignment. I might enjoy a Bethany blogging assignment...on second thought, I think I'd offend too many Phi Taus! You owe me a comment later as soon as I update my "blog" and send you the link. Hope all is well and I hope my off-topic comment hasn't disrupted the awesomeness of your assignment! *hugs* Megz

Posted by: Megan at November 14, 2004 11:13 PM

Hey chicky,

You have improved on your blogging, I am so proud of you! And there has not been one day yet this second half of the semester of your complaining about blogs, I think you are actually starting to like writing them! You did an excellent job at this portfolio. I admire you. You are defintely not a procrasinator and I look up to you in seeking help. I will use this blog as a help device during my period of composing my blogging portfolio. THANKS! :-)

Posted by: Firefighter Chica at November 14, 2004 11:16 PM

*sniff* You put a tribute to me in your blog!! That's the ultimate compliment. The portfolio looks awesome-you have over 10 comments on it, for Pete's Sake!! You're great, Katie, & keep up the fabulous work.


Posted by: Katie Lambert at November 15, 2004 12:57 PM

OMG... This was the most amazing blog ever. I am in awe. Seriously, this is something. I can't figure out why you think youre so bland though?? Nobody into McLaren SLR's is remotely bland. If you would have said something like... a 1995 Ford Windstar, then I might have to agree with you. Otherwise, dude.. you're not bland at all.

BTW.. Bethany was a beautiful school. I used to work for Enterprise in Wheeling (LONG STORY, worth telling sometime!) and used to deliver vans and cars up there, once or twice a week. That was a great drive up there.


Posted by: Mike Sichok at December 1, 2004 3:04 AM

There goes Miss. Scorpio!!!! Out of control, just a tossin that bull down on the ground!!! Ok, I'll be the 17th caller to compliment on this beautiful blog portfolio. Yeah wow!!



Posted by: ShannaDeFrances at December 1, 2004 8:57 AM