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Deadly Bloggers WIPC:E Presentation


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Deadly Bloggers: Indigenous narratives enduring through digital participation …

Deadly Bloggers: Indigenous narratives enduring through digital participation

Abstract: In 2012, Deadly Bloggers was created as a blog list, within a few months it became it’s own Twitter account, and twelve months later became its own website. Deadly Bloggers is the first directory of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander blogs. It supports and encourages people to blog and to have their ideas and culture recorded and shared within families, communities, as well as nationally and globally. It is also a tool for sharing educational knowledge to a broader audience. This workshop will provide an overview of Deadly Bloggers, and then will provide guidance to those new to social media about how to start their own blogs.

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  • 1. “I found my voice” Indigenous narratives enduring through digital participation Leesa Watego @IscariotMedia and @DeadlyBloggers
  • 2. Current writings by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people belong within a cultural and historical continuity that predates the invasion whilst utilising, adapting and challenging the written genres and forms of the colonising culture. Anita Heiss
  • 3. Representation of Indigenous People in the Media ● Representations of Aboriginal people are informed by the media. ● “Theatre of pathology” Fiona Nicholls “We have been portrayed … as negligent and abusive parents, extremely violent, sexually abusive, corrupt, alcoholic, substance abusers and bludgers on welfare, suffering from cultural disfunction …” Aileen Moreton-Robinson, 2012
  • 4. Some blogging/social media terms self-hosted platform blog post Storify Twitter msm
  • 5. About Deadly Bloggers Website Twitter Facebook Brief History - 1. Began as a “blogroll” on a personal blog 2. A hashtag on Twitter 3. A blog of its own on Blogger 4. A Twitter profile 5. A Facebook page 6. A G+ Page 7. A self-hosted Wordpress site
  • 6. This presentation 1. Research in Indigenous + Social Media / ICT 2. Research Findings 3. How you can start blogging RayGates
  • 7. The majority of research has been about Indigenous People & Social Media and/or about Indigenous People’s engagement with ICTs.
  • 8. Is blogging more akin to ‘media’ and ‘communication’ than ‘technology’?
  • 9. My research Feminism, Fashion, Design, Lifestyle, Politics, Education, Indigenous Organisations, Language, Culture, Health, Well-being, Professional, Writers, Literature, Business, Arts, ● Only a small percentage of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people ● Platforms - Blogger, Wordpress, Tumblr. Majority do not have self- hosted spaces ● Small percentage have more than one blog ● All self-taught. A few have attended workshops. Responses -
  • 10. Why do you blog? 1. Expression - share my stories, my life, my ideas, my travels, 2. Strategic - build a professional profile 3. Activism - blogging is about Freedom + Empowerment - “no one can stop me”, 4. Professional - income generation Responses - Anita Heiss Blog
  • 11. Impact of blogging 1. Professional success a. launch of an online magazine b. professional writing gigs (msm), increased credibility, speaking engagements c. publishing contracts 2. Skills development a. improve writing skills b. better engagement c. deeper connections 3. National culture a. Archived in Pandora (National Library) 4. Personal a. Feels good to have a place to “speak in my own voice” Responses - Blonde Ink Blog
  • 12. Racism and other forms of discrimination ● Of respondents, only a small percentage indicated they had experienced racism as a result of their blogging. ● Usually in the comments section. Responses - ● Most indicated they would not be hesitant about writing something because of the likelihood of racist attack. ● A few indicated that they have deleted tweets after making them. ● “some non-Indigenous people Storify tweets out of context” Have you experienced racism as a result of blogging? Do you self-censor your posts to limit racist responses?
  • 13. Advice to others concerned about racism - ● Take the good with the bad (like all of life) ● Use a pseudonym if you’re concerned ● Take time to post (sleep on it, edit again, before you publish) ● There will always be haters, be courageous ● Don’t take it personally ● Know the risks before you start. Think about privacy before you start ● Build a supportive network ● Do not read the comments Responses - The Koori Woman 1 Deadly Nation
  • 14. Your Blogging Goals Responses - ● Build an app and other products ● Build a more professional blog ● Earn a living ● Generate more msm writing opportunities ● Generate online products - films, screenwriting, books ● Build a regular readership Aggy’s World Madam Bonbon
  • 15. Biggest hurdles for Murris in the blogosphere Responses - ● Technology ● Access ● Racism - from commenters, lateral violence ● Promotion ● Time!!! ● Pigeonholed into “an Indigenous blogger” category Michelle Evans Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist
  • 16. General comments Because of blogging ... ● I feel less alone ● I’ve found my voice ● I’ve found new direction, career ● I’ve made new friends and partnerships Blogging ... ● takes too much time ● is great, but the Australian media & trolls make it very tough for Indigenous voices => Write what you love, don’t think of the $ yet Aboriginal Oz Blog On Dusk
  • 17. Blogging, & other forms of online publication, allow writers to define themselves (and their Aboriginality). It can provide a space where First Nations Peoples can play, explore, create, debate, rant and vent, satirise, and philosophise the world in which we live. Online publication, like other forms of publication, are defined by particular structures. Issues of access, ownership, permanence, and security all impact on the effectiveness of online publication for First Nations Peoples. But the potential to throw down or bypass the gatekeepers of traditional publication is too great to ignore.
  • 18. - increased professional profile - share expertise - improve your writing - experiment with ideas - connect with others in the field - express your opinion and/or position Why would I want to begin blogging? The Travelling Unicorn
  • 20. Blogging is NOT about technology, it’s about communication
  • 21. ONLY SHARE WHAT YOU’RE COMFORTABLE SHARING Only share what you’re comfortable sharing
  • 22. 1. Write about innovations in your school or system. 2. Write about educational articles or theories that influence your thinking and/or your practice 3. Thoughts & quotes 4. Raise questions about your practice in a thoughtful and reflective way. Show examples of your work 5. Showcase innovations by other educators 6. Be you What can you write about? Adapted from: What should a networked educational leader tweet about:
  • 23. There are three basic building blocks. You can either pay $ for some, all, or none.
  • 24. TIME TO CHOOSE A PLATFORM Blogger • Is owned by Google • Is free • You need a Google account to start • It’s relatively easy to manage and shape Wordpress • Is open source • Is free ( • You need an email account • A bit more complicated to manage and shape, but do-able • Support comes from a “community”
  • 25. To get started with Blogger you must have a Google account 1) Sign in to Google 2) Go to 3) Follow the prompts to create a new blog
  • 26. To get started with Blogger you must have a Google account 1) Select a CREATE A NEW BLOG 2) Choose a title for your blog 3) Look for a URL for your site 4) CreateBlog!
  • 27. Menu URL Title Posts Sidebar Footer
  • 28. How to start Learner Proficient Focus of your posts Technology & Connection Functionality of the platform Building it into your work flow
  • 29. How to start If you’re unsure, take baby steps o Start a blog but don’t tell anyone until you’re ready o See what other people are doing o Ask for help
  • 30. Questions?
  • 31. Please join other Deadly Bloggers at Connect with me: @LeesaWatego @DeadlyBloggers @IscariotMedia @CriticalClassrm