A blog or weblog is a personal space on the Internet for you to write and post your thoughts for others to read.
A blog can be:
your personal reactions to topics covered in class.
web links you’ve found that relate to the topics studied in class.
a space to summarize or annotate your readings
What Do I Write?
This is always the BIG question when we begin the blog project.
Your weblog is meant to be a journal of the course, your learning, your creative processes, and your life.
The best blog posts are reflective – you take what you’ve read or experienced and provide your personal thoughts or reactions to the information you’ve encountered.
Blogs are about communicating.
You observe your experience, reflect on it, and then write about it.
Other people read your reflections, respond from their perspectives by commenting or writing their own blog article.
You read their perspectives, often learn something through their eyes, and write some more.
Blogging is the posting of journal-like pages to a website.
The postings are organized chronologically.
Each blog entry has a ‘comments’ button, where your readers can comment on your post.
Blogs are electronically published and publicly available.
This means that anyone can visit and read your weblog at any time — other students, friends, family, the teacher, and anyone that has internet access.
Although it is possible to create private weblogs, part of the assignment is that you distribute your URL to the class, friends, family, and that you read and comment on the other students’ blogs.
The public nature of blogs means you need to think carefully about what you post.
You should contribute your well thought out ideas that are constructive and positive.
Your writing should not be ‘slams’ against other people or ideas.
Do not post personal information! (first names are ok)
Do not post pictures of yourself, your friends, your family, or your classmates!
Where to Start?
Start by reading the assigned texts (or sites), working on your homework, and working through the assigned tutorials.
Make notes to yourself as you read or analyze works or while you are in the processing of researching and designing.
Then go back over your notes and reflect. Is there something in particular that grabs your interest? If so, transcribe the related notes and begin to write your post.
Stuck, ask yourself:
“ What inspires me & why?” “What has someone else written that I like or dislike and why?” “What am I learning about design, creative processes, and standard practices?” “How does this new information connect with what I already know?” “What have I learned today?” “What problems am I having?” “How can I improve?”
Don’t forget to link to anything and everything you discuss and describe in your post.
The more the better.
Your work should contain your well thought out ideas, comments, and critiques.
Your work should be grammatically correct, free of spelling or typing errors.
Proofread BEFORE you hit the “publish” button.
After you have written and posted your own blog, be sure to read the blog posts of your fellow classmates.
Everyone enjoys gettting comments on their work, so be sure to leave comments for your classmates.
Like blog posts, comments should follow the same ‘rules’.