Although a blog is often referred to as an online journal, the type of writing that should appear in a blog and a journal are very different.
What's a Blog?
A blog or “web log” is “a log of thoughts and
writing posted publicly on theWorldWide
Blog ≠ diary
Blog ≠ news article
But, sometimes a blog = news article
Audience = self
Topics = private, your life
Purpose = to record, vent, contemplate, etc.
Contains personal details
No peer review
Not published, but updated whenever.
Audience = paying subscribers
Topics = universal
Purpose = inform, entertain, educate, evaluate,
analyze, produce conversation
NO personal details
Words are supported by pictures (and videos & links if
Competes with other news sources (may link to other
sources if online)
Published by news company on deadline
Audience = others
Topics = more universal
Purpose = to respond, entertain, educate, evaluate, judge,
Includes some personal details if they serve a greater
Words are supported by pictures, videos, & links
Interacts (through links, discussion) with the digital world
May be peer-reviewed
Published by author
▪ or published by news company on deadline or whenever
Why would it be a bad idea for me to publish
my diary on the Ning?
How is a blog similar to both a diary and a
Why would it be a bad idea to rely on blogs
for information for an important paper like
my senior thesis or P.I.G. paper?
Take your blog to the next level:
Have a goal: What are you trying to accomplish?
▪ What do you want your audience to do as a result of
reading your blog?
Make it universal
Link, link, link to other relevant information that
you reader might want to check out
Cite your sources
100 =You’ve met the expectations.
85=You’ve met some of the expectations.
50 =Two days late
0 = Inappropriate/ incomplete / previously
submitted assignment (e.g. PIG paper) / blog
that is diary entry / blog that is more than two
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Guide to Blogs,Wikis, & OtherToolsThat Are
Shaping a New Information Landscape. Raleigh,
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