What should our blog be about
Having read through what folks posted to the discussion board, one thing that almost everyone thought would be a good idea, is to create and manage a blog. This is an easy and manageable project given that we have roughly 15 weeks in a semester and 15 people in the class. Additionally, a post to a blog can count as an ICRN or a Writer's notebook entry and, if needed, can excuse an absence that might otherwise affect your grade.
In order to do this project, we need to have an excellent idea for a short-term blog that a wide range of participants can contribute to. Use this space to pitch your idea for a blog. If you don't have an idea, respond to ideas you see that you think are good ones. Alternatively, you can add to or otherwise modify a suggestion that you think is good but good be better.
Using your participation in this discussion board, we'll decide on a blog project for the class, and students will sign up for a week to post something. From there on out the project will be on you.
NOTE: it could be possible to combine this with other professionalization opportunities. For instance, if this is a blog that other English majors might value, we could link to or in some way connect to the existing social media sponsored for and by the English Department. But we don't have to go that route. I only suggest it as a way to increase your audience and potentially audience interaction with the blog.
2/5/2021 11:34:43 am
I think I'd like a blog to be some sort of informational blog but also a creative space. Personally, something I would like to write about and post would be an informational piece about service dogs, especially working dogs on campus.
2/5/2021 12:42:31 pm
I think the blog should be about something on writing that everyone in this class can gain from. With that being said, I think the blog should be about combating writer's block, something that every writer suffers from in one form or another. In other words, thinking of creative ways to overcome it. Another idea we could write about is writing itself, or how-to's. The last idea I have for the blog is to post short stories for any genre. It can almost be like our writer's notebook, but a separate "assignment" and have a word count goal.
2/6/2021 08:42:51 am
For the blog project, we can do a blog about black authors and how their work impacts the world of authors today, Another idea we can do for a blog on books or genres that we like to read in our spare time and talk about and give recommendations to others.
2/7/2021 07:16:02 am
One common theme that unites us all is the fact that we are English students going to college during a pandemic. I think that this thread may be an interesting one to follow for a blog, because it provides an even starting point but still provides room for each of us to share some unique perspective. Writing and attending school in a strange time like this presents its own set of challenges, and it may be interesting to hear how each student has handled this difficult time. This would still allow for a great deal of creative freedom, because we could write about whatever helped us get through the pandemic, and the strategies we used that may be unique to us.
2/11/2021 07:04:15 am
I really like this idea, Derek. I was struggling to find an idea of my own but was curious what others would think of a blog centered on students discussing their experience going to school during a pandemic. I think your ideas here are interesting. I too think it would be cool to see how each student has managed through all of this.
2/7/2021 11:42:15 am
Something that unites us is that we are all writers and writing is something that we all enjoy doing. It doesn't matter what we all prefer writing about, we all interact with the concept of writing differently. Every single one if us as a unique perspective when it comes to writing like how we motivate ourselves, what inspires us, and our own individual process when we write. I think it would be interesting to see our perspectives coming together.
2/8/2021 08:24:12 am
I think the idea that Derek mentions has a lot of potential. Especially as we have spent the past year determining what in our lives and our society is essential, it bears remembering the role that humanities--reading, writing, creating--has on our health and well-being. Blogging about the challenges and benefits about being humanities majors during the pandemic could be very interesting and may be beneficial for others to read.
2/11/2021 07:05:53 am
Your points here make a lot of sense to me, Maddie, especially your last sentence. We're not the only students going through this so I think writing about our own personal experiences might actually help others.
Brittany Ann Oppenheimer
2/9/2021 12:11:17 pm
I feel like our blog should focus on our creative ideas at the time of each students post. It's really hard to have a blog focus on just one thing if everyone feels different about each subject. For example, Black History Month is very important to a lot of people and it does deserve to have a blog dedicated to that theme. However, I understand that some people might not want to discuss that issue on their own blog for one reason or another and want to focus on something else like movies, video games, or animals, for example. If we make the blog only about one thing, some students (not all of them) might be turned off by the idea and not post anything because that topic doesn't interest them.
2/11/2021 02:35:45 pm
I misunderstood the option. I thought we would all be able to start up our own blog and that the exercise would be in personal design and creative yet professional writing.... sooooo that’s disappointing, but we move on. I would say Social Justice in general would be a great group topic: cultural appropriation, black authors, black history, what white history needs to become mainstream, women’s issues, transgendered concerns, non-binary and gender fluid topics can all be valuable to both BSU at large and each of us as we prepare to unleash our talents to the world. (But can I still vote for a personal blog?!???) 😂
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