Before I came to this class, I had no experience whatsoever with blogging, and honestly, I thought that it was going to be a lame waste of time. Before when I thought of bloggers, I thought of those people who write mean criticisms on the comment boxes on shows that I watch online. I thought that they were wierdos who had no life and no friends, and who should spend wayyy less time on the internet. While I still hold this opinion in some circumstances, I think that blogging is appropriate and nessary in academic contexts.
The thing that I really like about the Sweetland Blog is that you guys can see, and give me instant feedback on my work and ideas for projects, reading, etc. Andrew Sullivan describes how instantaneous blogging is, and he almost describes it under a negative tone. However, unlike Sullivan, I don’t get flooded with thousands of comments on my blog, so perhaps I can’t understand his pain.
In terms of my project, I am re-purposing an essay that I wrote about my dad’s upbringing into a fun children’s story. I have never done this before, and again, I feel as though I am getting out of my comfort zone by taking something which is formal and representing it in an informal fashion. The reason why blogposts are good for me as a writer is that it gives me good practice writing in an informal genre. In these posts, I don’t have to worry about if I misspell something, or if i occasionally use a swear word, because nobody gives a damn.
I am even having to do a blog for another class which is outside of sweetland, and we have to write a paper on the informality of the blogging genre. I will be well-prepared when it comes time do to that.
Well, I’m sick, so now I’m going to bed. Night guys!