Hordes of Hyperlinks Part II, but This Time Much More Enjoyable

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Welcome to my second blogging portfolio for Intro. to Literary Study.  This portfolio encompasses many of the blogs that I have accomplished throughout the second portion of this semester.  I feel that this portfolio is more accomplished than my first portfolio; however there is always room for improvement, especially in the areas of depth, timeliness, and disscussion.   Anyway, here are some great blogs by me and some wonderful responses from my classmates, my professor, and other people who have stumbled upon my blogs. 


Coverage:  I think that this portfolio shows that I have really improved on coverage.  Although I have included the work, the author, and the page of every reading, as well as a link back to the course page that relates to the agenda item, I have included a few of the blogs that best demonstrate my coverage abilities.  Some of these blogs also include links or references to sources other than our readings.

"Could You Live on Only $281 Per Month?": Great use of links to the course webpage and to another source

"Sir Michael Sims": Interesting quotes from a class speaker related to our reading

"Good Story and Academic Literary Devices?  Of Course!": Quote and links from the reading and from a classmate's blog

"Ambiguity in O'Connor": Work cited at the beginning with other usage throughout my response

"The First :-)": Work cited at the beginning with a relating source referenced in my response


Timeliness: I am still having some trouble posting things by the specified time.  I always have them posted before class; however my schedule is set up so that I have time on the day agenda items are due.  I can never seem to get ahead.  Oh well, I will still try to do this more successfully for the next portfolio.  Here are some links to blogs I was able to post on time (at least 24 hours before class).

 "Suicide? Mercy? Or Just Another Sad Story?"

"Verbal Irony or Just an Angry Tom Wingfield?"

"Dickinson's Diction"

"Could You Live on Only $281 Per Month?"

"Could the Valedictorian Be a Crappy Teacher?  Of Course!"

"Sir Michael Sims"

"I Think I Lived Another Life as a 6th Century Scribe"

"Virginia Woolf, Semi-Colons, and (Hopefully) a Colon Example"

"!: The Really Active and Disruptive Sibling"

"The First:-)"

Interaction: I had a lot of blogs with great interaction this time.  I actually had three blogs on which people other than classmates and Dr. Jerz commented, which shows that my blogs are attracting attention from outside sources.  Many of my blogs this time also had really in depth and helpful comments from peers.  Here are a few that I think really highlight my improvements in this area:

"Could the Valedictorian Be a Crappy Teacher?  Of Course!": This blog received five comments from classmates

"Sir Michael Sims": Not only did classmates respond to this blog, but author Michael Sims himself, as well as Becky Campbell, Director of Seton Hill University's Career Works

"Good Story and Academic Literary Devices? Of Course!": I created a link to another students blog on this one of mine 

"The Corporate World Is Not for Me...Or Maybe it Could Be":  This blog attracted comments from students, Dr. Jerz, and another member from outside of the Seton Hill community

"Be Your Own Tour Guide": This blog entry received seven comments from students and Dr. Jerz, but it also helped to clarify some of the particulars of the courses required for the English Literature major as well as for the Education Program

"An Unconventional Birth of Ideas": This one contains a link to another classmate's blog as well as some very insightful comments

"Mrs. Havisham Isn't a Round Character?": This last blog contains a great comment from a classmate, as well as another rather disagreeing comment from the outside world 


Depth:  I have produced quite a few blogs this time that I feel demonstrate my ability to write in depth about the various topics and works we have been discussing in class.  Here are a few of them:

"Dickinson's Diction": This one shows the application of one work we discussed in class to another

"Fate and Raindrops": In this blog, I point out the possible symbol of baptism in Flannery O'Connor's "The Life You Save May Be Your Own", as well as discuss the character Mr. Shiflet

"Sir Michael Sims": I relate a class reading to a guest speaker's presentation

"She Really Just Wanted to Sell a Book": This one analyzes the purpose of an author's controversial statements.  It is also a response to peer blogs.

"An Unconventional Birth of Ideas": This is another blog in which I discussed possible symbolism and meaning in a Flannery O'Connor short story

"Peacocks, Peacocks, and More Peacocks": Here I look at the reasoning behind the Flannery O'Connor's use of peacocks in "The Displaced Person"


Discussion:  I think that I still have room for improvement in this area as well, but below are some links to comments I left on others' blogs that sparked a conversation or contributed to a discussion. 

Greta Carroll's "Déjà vu from the 9th grade causes the death of a resentment"

Jeanine O'Neil's "Punctuation Gets Personal"

Kaitlin Monier's "No Comma Before the AND... Not for Me."

Tiffany Gilbert's "Count Your Blessings"

Chelsea Oliver's "I'm glad I'm complex"

Ethan Shepley's "The Cost of Happiness"


True Confessions: In the following blogs, I opened up a lot more than I normally do and shared some more personal thoughts, which I feel is also an important part of learning to write blogs.  Enjoy!

"Women Rule (But I Feel Sorry for the Guys!)"

"I Finally Get Close Reading!"

"A Small Confession- I Actually Like Learning about Grammar"

"I Think I Lived Another Life as a 6th Century Scribe"


Worst Blogs: I like these two blogs, but the first one was written before I finished reading the chapter, which skewed my understanding of the text.  I corrected my mistake in the second one and have learned my lesson.

"A Small Confession-Actually Like Learning about Grammar"

"It Is a Punctuation Book, Not a Grammar Book"


Best Blog:  I was so pleased with my writing here, as well as with the responses I got from students, faculty, and the author himself.

"Sir Michael Sims"


I hope you enjoyed the blogs and comments that are linked to this portfolio.  Please take the time to look at my classmates' progress as well.

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