Just in case my new blog group members have not read my previously enthralling posts, which is somewhat unimaginable (sorry I use a fair amount of sarcasm), I spent a lot of time lamenting the effect that technology is having on our generation’s writing quality. I was essentially arguing that in this day and age, with the advent of Twitter and text messaging, younger people are constantly ensconced in a brutish form of writing that disgraces the art form that it truly is. Read More
Salutations new blog group! Since you have the incredible (mis) fortune to be assigned to reading and commenting on my blog, I will take you through the particulars in this post!
The first common theme you will notice is my tendency to tangent, especially with stories about my family and friends back in Troy, Michigan. I find that nothing is ever explained sufficiently without a good story about that one friend of mine, or my mom. I’m a little like your grandpa that way. I am also compulsively sarcastic, which comes out in nearly all of my posts, especially with picture captions and self-deprecation (though I think all of us do that on this blog, we should just rename it Minor in Self-Deprecation and be honest with ourselves). When I read all of my posts about the readings, I have found that I disagree with almost all of the authors. I promise I don’t just hate everything I read, it is just that writing about how good a reading was does not make for a fun blog post.
I hope you will all be amused/horrified enough to comment, I definitely appreciate comments. The comments I find most helpful offer a different perspective, or ask a question. Also, I totally appreciate being told if the post made you laugh, because in another life, I will be a stand up comedian instead of a Poli Sci major. While I always like being agreed with, this doesn’t always help me learn things or to change.
I will try to comment in interesting ways on your posts. I am a rather unfortunate hypocrite and totally do the whole “I totally agree, what a nice blog post!” type comment from time to time. I am working on being more constructive and dynamic, and give other people the kind of feedback I would want.
I am excited to get to know all of you during the next five weeks!
When reading back over my older posts, I definitely noticed a few trends. From Post 1 to the most recent there is definitely a decent level or sarcasm, complaining about readings, and a fairly consistent length (leaning on the slightly lengthy side). The posts I enjoyed reading back over the most were my very reactive blog posts, particularly ones about readings I didn’t like. The schema I have in my head for blogging is basically someone sitting behind a computer writing a public diary entry about whatever they feel like. Much to my dismay/curiosity/surprise, my blog posts have turned out to be that very thing…yay technology.
As far as comments, I enjoy getting any comments. Good, bad, ugly. I like ’em all. Most of the comments I left were for the people in my blog group and I really enjoyed their posts because I felt like I got to know them better than just the biweekly interactions we had in class. Once in a while, I would expand my horizons and comment on a random post I really liked the title of or felt strongly about.
One thing that I have noticed about blogging that I think is worth mentioning, but doesn’t fit cleanly into one of our topics is the level of writing appearing on the blog. When I posted my first blog, I read through the other three or so that were up and was blown away by the great writing that I saw. This immediately made me want to up my game. I’ll admit this competitive streak lasted about 2 weeks before other classes set in and my writing level decreased substantially in formality. That being said, I still feel like I achieved the same level of insight writing informally that I would have had I been required to write formally. At any rate, blog group number one, best of luck to you in your new groups!!