Assignment

For the duration of this course, you will be writing bi-weekly (that’s every other week) blog posts about a variety of topics.

  • You will begin by selecting an overall theme for your blog. With this theme, however, you will have almost limitless freedom regarding your selected topics.
  • You will be expected to use the process of researching and writing your blogs to develop an expertise in your chosen theme, so be sure to chose a theme that excites you: Explore an area of interest, use the blog to develop a new interest, explore life’s toughest questions, or pontificate on the day-to-day.
  • Despite this freedom, your blogs must always be written with purpose, contain a well-researched news peg they must make an argument of some kind, in addition to meeting other blog criteria.
  • You should assume that this blog is a standing homework assignment. You may on occasion have some time to work on blogs in class, but this will not be standard practice.

To make the most of this assignment, you should be writing with an audience in mind. I encourage you to share your blog with your parents, your social network, and your friends (I will be Tweeting highlights to the Class Twitter Account. This assignment also assumes that you will take an active interest in the writing of your peers. Please make a habit of reading and commenting on the writing of your classmates. You can access the list of blogs by going to the class blogroll, or by subscribing to your friends’ blogs via a feedreader such as Feedly or Inoreader (both of these have mobile apps as well).

Side Notes

  • Your first couple of posts will probably take longer, especially when you are trying a new type of post. It’ll get easier as you go.
  • My expectation is that you will spend about an hour per post on this (faster as you get used to the style of writing). If it ends up being more, please let me know.
  • I won’t make other writing assignments due on the same day as a blog.
  • Remember, once something is on the Internet, it’s always there. Think before you post!