September 2, 2004

Repair, Reinforce, Recycle...a Speech

Today *insert excitement and nervousness here*, I will be presenting to Writing for the Web, the class I mentor, about "Getting the Most Out of Your Academic Weblog".

While Julie Young did a stunning job last semester, I plan on creating a more up-to-date presentation that perhaps, fixes some of the flaws in her presentation that surfaced in her comments section--or create more...Hopefully not.

So, instead of creating everything from scratch, I am going to borrow Julie's material and post it once more, intermingled with additional links and some new material. Just a little, but important tip for newbies: ask permission.

Julie's Entry:

    Private vs. Public
  • Anyone can read this: professors, classmates
  • Don’t write about your love life or last weekend’s activities unless you want your professors (or the academic dean) to read about it
  • Take caution when complaining about classes or classmates
  • Also, watch what you write – don’t link to pictures of you doing anything illegal while at school. Someone will invariably turn you in. Pictures are tricky. ANYONE can see them, including those that are "outside" the SHU blogosphere.
    The Upside
  • Your own weblog not only gives you a handy personal publishing outlet, but it also is much better than jweb's forums.
  • You get to know your classmates better. Make friends through your blog.
  • Future employers might read your blog, and might want to hire you because of it.
  • Well-thought-out weblogs aren’t born every day – just look at the recently updated lists of and LiveJournal. You’ll stand out in a crowd.
  • You can publish your works in progress in your blogroll or in an entry. This illustrates, perhaps to perspective employers, that you work progressively, and also that you are passionate--so much so that you blog about it.
Helpful hint: before you click “save,” highlight and copy it should MT (Moveable Type) foul-up.

Also, thanks to all of you who provided examples for this educational purpose... ;)

Ditto from me. Thanks again to Julie for her beautiful blueprint.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at September 2, 2004 1:17 PM

Wow, I'm an example :-) Here's an updated link for you though; it reflects my new blog template and points directly at that article:

Posted by: Donna at September 3, 2004 12:14 PM

I like how you "recycle" old blog posts, Amanda... it gives new meaning to conservation! Donna, if you ever read this, you had some good insights into blogging etiquette. It feels good to be part of a caring and sharing community... even if it is in cyberspace! Please visit my blog... it is getting kinda lonely :~{

Posted by: Evan at September 3, 2004 1:17 PM

I had to speed through the presentation today. The class was going well; I was so surprised by the others' extensive knowledge of blogging. Rock on Writing for Web.

I hope that at least some of the class will look at this entry again...or at least some of the links. I wanted to say so much more.:-( But I guess if I told them everything that I would like, I could speak for at least three hours. Who knows? Maybe someday I will get the opportunity.

Posted by: Amanda at September 3, 2004 3:18 PM

I could use a vacation sometime, Amanda. Let's talk! :)

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at September 3, 2004 4:39 PM

Could I work it in with my independent study portfolio? A reflection on leading the class in discussion, perhaps?

Posted by: Amanda at September 3, 2004 11:42 PM

Sounds good.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at September 4, 2004 1:51 AM

First of all, I'm glad to have been an example :)
Second, go Writing for the Web--woot! Wish I was there...
Third, nice outline, Amanda, I'm sure that you were fabulous in your presentation.

Posted by: Karissa at September 4, 2004 12:31 PM

I used the first posts on each other's blogs as an example of how you can make lasting friendships online. *Hugs for Karissa*

Posted by: Amanda at September 4, 2004 3:39 PM

I think you do a marvelous job girrrrrl!

Posted by: Firefighter Chica at September 8, 2004 10:53 AM

Thank you so very much for all the help so far in this class. These ideas really helped a lot and hopefully my blog can become as advanced as your's! Thanks!

Posted by: Janice Antal at September 8, 2004 4:11 PM

Thanks for the compliment, but my blog isn't that "advanced."

I blog because it is fun for me, not only as a method of study. I hope you will find as much enjoyment in blogging as I have. Good luck, dear. I hope you will return to Girl Meets World again.

Posted by: Amanda at September 8, 2004 10:04 PM
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