Blog 1 Post of the Week (POW)

Given that this was your first week blogging, I’m really impressed by all of the posts. Not only did they fulfill the requirements, but they also asked interesting questions and expanded on our conversations in productive ways.

Because there were so many good ones, I’ve chosen to POWs this week. Turner and Eric will each get to choose a station for 20 minutes of our blogging time.

Turner’s post, The Best Times to Unplug, does many things really well, but I was particularly drawn to the way he incorporated media into his blog. From a video to photos and cartoons, the post keeps you reading because it’s visually interesting. And after today, we all known that we’re more drawn to images than text!  He also uses an excellent inline link to introduce his source:

There are countless ways in which unplugging will benefit your life, emotionally, physically, and socially.  Here are a few times when unplugging from technology may benefit you the most.

The list that follows this quote is also an excellent way to develop a blog post. We all love reading lists (hello, Buzzfeed!), and Turner takes advantage of that phenomenon.

I chose Eric’s post, Digital Detox–Why You Need a Tech-Free Vacation, for two reasons. First, Eric really drew me in with his creative introduction. After all, who doesn’t want a vacation!

I know I can’t wait for my next vacation. Feet in the sand and a cold drink iPhone in my hand. At least this is how many Americans now spend their vacations. In our increasingly plugged in world we are forgetting that we need to unplug.  We let ourselves be lulled by our phones and tablets into bringing the world we are trying to escape with us.

Eric picked something–vacation–that was sure to pique a reader’s interest and then quickly turned to technology and how it might be ruining our vacations.

The other feature of Eric’s blog worth mentioning is that he’s developing a themed blog based on his interest in entrepreneurship. It might be interesting to keep an eye on his blog and see how this theme grows and develops over the next few weeks. Maybe it will also help you see a theme emerging on your own blog that you’d like to take advantage of!


Blog Requirement Reminders

You will post your first blogs for Thursday. Here are just a few reminders about the requirements and tips we talked about last week to help you get started. Remember: the purpose of the blog assignment is to give us your take on any of the topics we’ve discussed the previous week. For this first post, any of our previous readings are up for grabs.
Here are the requirements:
-a reference to and direct quote from at least one course reading
-a link to and summary of an outside source
-a second link, image, video, etc.

And here are some tips for good blogging:
-write a clear title
-try to catch our attention right away with an interesting opening
-use in-line links when linking to other sources
-end with questions that you’d like people to respond to in the comments

Check out the “About Blogging” document on Moodle for more information. Can’t wait to read your posts on Thursday! (Bonus if you’ve read this far! The first person to comment on this post will get to choose the music for our first blog day.)