Tuesday, April 01, 2014

CHALLENGE 4- "What's All the Blogging About?"

CHALLENGE 4- "What's All the Blogging About?"
Week of 3/31- 4/13

So what is a Blog anyway? 

*  It's a weblog - it is a frequent, chronological post of personal thoughts and Web links.
It's a journal-  it is available on the web
*  The activity of updating a blog is “blogging” and someone who keeps a blog is a “blogger.” 
Individual articles on a blog are called “blog posts,” “posts” or “entries."
Blogs focus on a particular “area of interest."


What should you blog about?

What are you passionate about?  Blog about it!.... Sports?  Music?  Running? Cooking?  Politics?
Be Original. Yes, there are other blogs out there about the same thing you want to write about- so be yourself!
*  Be "interesting!"  Be "yourself!" Be "honest!"
Find Your Voice.  Finding your voice makes your writing feel more alive, more real, more urgent.
Social Media. Yes, use Twitter and Facebook to help connect with readers and other bloggers.
Research. Spend your time researching what you’re writing about.
Keep it simple! 


CHALLENGE 4 ACTIVITY-
 "WHAT'S ALL THE BLOGGING ABOUT?"

Step 1-  Blog about the topic of your choice - use the guidelines above when choosing your topic.

Step 2-  Insert a link to a "blog" that shares your same interest, whether they agree or disagree with your perspective.  The blog could be written by a columnist, student, sports writer, editor, teacher, etc....

Step 3-  Include the following information with the link:
a.  name of the other blog or site
b.  author name
c.  date of post
d.  title of post
e.  write a short summary, which compares and contrasts your view to the other post

Step 4-  Insert a photo, which represents the focus of your post.  Remember to use a Creative Commons photo.  Example:  www.morguefile.com

Step 5-  Comment on at least five other student posts that are participating in our challenge. 

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