As I am sitting down trying to brainstorm more ideas to my re-purpose topic, I keep hitting a wall. I cannot stop thinking about how to approach my topic, leadership, like I did in my freshmen year english 125 class. I wrote an argumentative essay about what three qualities are needed for an effective leader. Now, (with the help from Sophie) I decided to approach my topic of leadership through writing for an sports magazine opinion editorial. That way, I can add in my own personal experiences of being on a division one college team along with my research aspect from my english class two years ago. I need to over come this wall of ‘writers block’ because I have to step out of my comfort zone (of writing argumentative/comm papers) and approach writing in my own unique way. Maybe my writer’s block is coming from me trying to start out with the introduction– I don’t have to start with my introduction, but that is what I am use to…. so its like C’MON EMILY, let’s move on (but that’s so easy, and why chose the easy side). As you read this post, I kid you not that I am telling you the dialogue I have with myself (plus or minus some swear words to myself as well)

Now, I am trying to use the qualities that I believe in and present this within my Op Ed with my own personal experiences. I am excited to tie in my experiences on my team with my leadership qualities and research. I do believe that it will help out and be easier to write my paper now with the narrow scope of sports. I am hoping that I can get my point across well, while gaining trust from  my audience of the readers believing in what I am sharing/telling.

One question I have is to how to engage my writers? I do not want to sound repetitive but I do want to “drill” in my thoughts and ideas. Do I include “all-star” leaders within the nation and how they display leadership if it ties into my three qualities? I started to causally look into different leaders in sports (like Michael Jordan, Derek Jetter, etc). Check it out here.


“Published Blogs”

I am not too familiar with published blogs. However, when I was thinking about the things i enjoy reading/viewing on the internet, I came across a sort of blog of it. TED talks are awesome. The wide variety of ideas that these cover to the speakers to the different lengths of these talks amaze me. How inspirational and mind blowing these talks are. Therefore, when I was trying to think of published blogs I was searching for things that would interest me and interest the class. The TedBlogs are written by different authors about the Ted Talks. Some elaborate more on the topic, others publish their own thoughts. I am not too sure if this counts as a published blow because it is by different blogs posted on one site, but it sure fascinates me. This is meaningful because it allows viewers to continue to be inspired (in other ways) about the topic that the Ted talker talked about.

I’m going to give it a shot to break down the TedBlogs in rhetorical situations: These TedBlogs are definitely for a more sophisticated audience. I would label this as a sophisticated group because most Tedtalks are very intellectual. Those who seek these talks want to gain knowledge or be inspired on the topic. Therefore, those who would go the extra step to read the blogs to understand the talks, takes some dedicated and sophisticated group of people. As far as the exigence or the occasion of writing, plays into all three of the topics because there is a sense of getting the knowledge out to the audience through the way that is written by the composer about their specific topic. I do think that the occasion of writing is affected by the need to get a topic informed. I have many favorite Tedtalks, however, the link below is one of the first Tedtalks that I viewed and was just astonished by this.  TedBlogs do a good job of promoting each speaker and breaking it down for the viewers.

http://www.ted.com/playlists/129/ted_under_20 (View this.. you could not tell me that its like holy crap how does this 16 year old think of this ….?!)

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Style Masquerade

The style masquerade was a very unique exercise. I originally struggled at doing this exercise because I have never identified my own style, therefore, how would I recognize someone else’s style? I had to identify the writing style of Zadie Smith, a writer whom I have never heard of before. So, how was a very amateur writer suppose to identify the styles of a professional writer? Fortunately, my partner and I were able to identify the same attributes of styles without collaboration. That kind of gave me a sense of accomplishment because I am able to slowly get back in to the swings of writing. It is safe for me to say that I am still trying to find my style of writing because I have only been writing essays to please my professors choices/rubrics.

The style chapters that we read gave me an overall idea of where my writing normally stands. I cannot wait to explore more styles of writing through free writing options. Although blogging for our writing 220 classes have natural guidelines of what we need to ‘address’, I am discovering my own style of blogging that I will hopefully continue in the future with future blogging I wish to do.

I know I have different styles of writing due to the different items I need to write. The obvious differences are the different styles of essays and emails than to text messages and social media. Even when writing this blog I am still trying to figure out how to keep it ‘academic professional’ with my own voice. I feel a sort of uncomfortableness blogging for a class because I cannot quite decide how my tone or style can be. Obviously when one blogs, you use first person to explain one’s experience, however, I feel awkward always addressing things as “I this and I that”. One goal I have by the end of this semester is to become more comfortable with blogging, start up my own blog, and be able to identify my own style that I like for blogging. This is a very reachable goal because we will be blogging throughout the weeks, so I will be able to figure out how I like addressing my blogs, etc.

Finally, with all of that being said, I am still debating on two different paths of the writing prompt “Why I Write”. This is tricky because up until now, I only wrote for classes to the professors expectations. I am able to address this prompt however I want (within some boundaries). It is very odd because I try to determine why I write and there are so many factors in this that it’s a mind boggling question to address. With playing around with different ideas, I will soon be able to settle down with one and run with it!

abstract thinking about writing

As we went over the galleries and completed the exercise of what counts as writing within our class, I gained a new perspective of what I consider as writing. With the new shift of the “importance” of social media in our day-to-day lives, there is also a new shift of writing. Not only do we now put in long hours to pound out a 4,500 character paper (7 pages), but also perspectively spend equivalent amount of time just to write a 140 character tweet or small caption for Instagram.

One example that interested me was Lia’s addition of the Instragram captions.  Lia stated, “I would argue Instagram captions could be considered persuasive writing because if written effectively they can convince people to ‘like’ the associated image. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a clever Instagram caption is worth a thousand likes”. This stood out to me the most because in the social media world, how you appeal to your audience is very important to receive “supportive” followers. All avid instagram users know that not only is the picture important, but also how you caption it to receive more ‘likes’, therefore, displaying this as persuasive towards your audience to convince them they should throw a like your way. This allowed me to consider how I use my own social media. I am continually understanding the importance of social media in our society through my communications classes. Therefore, to have the ability of understanding how to appeal to ones’ audience is significant to having an interactive audience.

These examples of  social media really make me think about writing because now, it is no longer the traditional way of writing a research paper to appeal to a specific audience. Due to the limitation of 140 characters for twitter, more and more people have to understand how to get their thoughts or words across in a limited space. This exercise has also allowed me to reflect about the lengths of my message/writing. The cut-up exercise of our minor applications has allowed me to understand that I can use my own words and turn an one paragraph into 3 sentences. From now on, I will be always thinking about what kind of audience I am trying to appeal to when it comes to any kind of social media postings, newspaper postings, emails, research papers, etc, while considering the length of my writings as well.