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Just what I Needed

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If you're confident your recipient will recognize your e-mail address, and really is expecting a file from you, then this would be fine. But keep in mind that many e-mail providers get scads of virus-laden spam with vague titles like this. The more specific you are, the more likely your recipient's spam-blocker will let your message through.

-Writing Effective E-Mail: Top 10 Tips


As a freshman in college, I sent more e-mails in the last week than I have in my entire life.  This article showed me a few things that need brushing up on in the myriad of messages that I will send to professors and family this week.

The first thing that I noticed is that my subject lines are generally too vague, I know that is hard to believe coming from the person that titled this entry "Just what I Needed".  I would have to say that I fall under the two boxes checked with question marks.  I was always under the assumption that the recipient would want to discover what my message was about from the body, not the title, of the e-mail.  Also, I never thought of asking recipients if they would like attachments or not, so it is good that I learned of this concept before I needed to send a 500GB attachment to every professor this semester.

As for the other items, I thought that they were common sense, so it is most likely for the best that they were put in.  Previous instructors have always harped on the fact that it is easier to misconstrue the meaning of a written phrase than it is to misconstrue a speakers words.  I am always anal about proofreading my work, even though I am far worse at correcting mistakes than I would like to be.

About the only other thing that I never really thought of, and it did not come as a shock to me, is the idea that you should write e-mails (or anything for that matter) as though it were public.  Like I said it is common sense that most dirty little secrets and private information usually make their way into the public eye, but I never really sat down and thought of it in the context of e-mail.  It was the same with all of the other points, I understood them perfectly, I had never heard them explicitly stated.

Enjoy Labor Day everyone.  Peace out :-?

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Has anyone seen a Faber lately?

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"I think this is not a worrying issue at all," said Richard Sterling, emeritus executive director of the National Writing Project, which aims to improve the teaching of writing.

You think that it is not worrying?  What about if you started reading Hamlet and the line read "2B or not 2B, that is the ?"  With all due respect to Mr. Sterling, I take writing seriously.  I love to read, and if you could make money (or $, for those of u TXTing out there) by just reading books, no teaching or anything like that, then I would not bother trying to become an author.  And that is why it always scares me when a report such as this comes out.

Maybe it is because all of my friends went to college to become engineers that I cannot help but wonder if we are the last generation to write books.  Will we be the last humans to care about tone and meaning and symbolism?  Are we the last one's to write love letters instead of sending our significant others something like "What R U doing 2nite?"

I agree that this does present an opportunity to teach children of the different formalities of the written word, but I also know that technology tends to have a larger hold on these children than their educators.  Our teachers and professors need to ask themselves whether they want to be like Faber in Fahrenheit 451 and wait until it is too late to speak, or whether they want to reach out and save their. my, beloved books.  After all, today's texters are tomorrow's authors whether we like what they say or not.

I have nothing useful to say about the thoughtfulness of this blog.  Peace out :-)

Back to the fun!

The Sunny Side of Blogging

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 "...a Marquette University dental student, recently was suspended for the balance of the school year and told he must retake the fall semester for posting criticisms about classmates and professors on a private site."

Can't we find anything better to say on the internet than our criticisms?  I know it's frustrating to have a terrible teacher or textbook, but do people need to put it on the internet?  There are two sides that I look at this from; the one is that this is our world, and the other side is that the world is watching.

As a creative writing major, I believe that the world is words.  Words are ideas, and what we view as the world is just a bunch of representative ideas (what psychologists call schemas) of how we view the world around us.  When we post negativity on our blogs, the world around us becomes more negative.  I, for one, want my world to be a happier place since life is hard enough for me when things are going as planned.  I don't need to make myself feel worse by bringing up all of the bad emotions that I am feeling right now.

Secondly, do people really want their dirty laundry being viewed by people across the globe.  I would be embarassed if someone in China could read all about my family's problems.  I would be embarassed if someone in China discovered that I made an error in the grammar of this blog, which I will probably do now that I said about it.  In a paper from last week, I wrote that the miracle of the internet is that people from across the globe can occupy the same space at the same time.  Unfortunately, this miracle comes with a lot of transparency.  I don't want anyone, let alone a person I will never meet, to beleive that I have all of this negativity and hate inside of me.

Just a thought.  Peace out :-)

From whence you came!!!

This is the first Blog.

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I feel so special because I am writing out a blog.  Blog, blog, blog.  Some more words.  Now to publish. A link to the Hill.
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