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Technology Resources

There are many blog hosts that allow you to create a blog using pre-defined templates, such as **WordPress**, **Blogger**, and **Bravenet**. Many are free, have easy drag-and-drop design options, and require little time to learn.

Assignment Ideas


Denver Rhetor Blog Assignment - submitted by John Tiedemann



Example: http://writ112209winter2011.blogspot.com/


Example: http://writ112222teamthree.blogspot.com/

Links

How to Blog Design Style Guide
An overview of design considerations for blogs, from the header to footer, content to navigation.

Into The Blogosphere
An edited online collection of articles about the rhetoric, community, and culture of weblogs

Rhet/Comp Blogroll
Traci Garnder's list of blogs devoted to rhetoric and composition.

Recommended Reading

Lowe, Charles, and Terra Williams. "Moving to the Public: Weblogs in the Writing Classroom" Into the Blogosphere: Rhetoric, Community, and Culture of Weblogs." Ed. Laura J. Gurak, Smiljana Antonijevic, Laurie Johnson, Clancy Ratliff, and Jessica Reyman. June 2004. November 2010. <http://blog.lib.umn.edu/blogosphere/moving_to_the_public.html>.

Tryon, Charles. “Writing and Citizenship: Using Blogs to Teach First-Year Composition.” Pedagogy 6:1(2006): 128-132.
A brief and reader-friendly overview of a blog-based pedagogy designed to get students writing for public audiences about current events to foster better writing and citizenship. Tryon discusses benefits, such as engagement and rapid feedback, as well as drawbacks like potentially negative responses from the public.


Affordances and Constraints

Web logs are a good way to share information with a wide audience, especially if you plan to maintain a regular writing schedule, write in relatively short installments, or track progress on a larger project. Blogs encourage interaction with readers, as they can post comments. You can also post various media (photos, videos) in addition to text entries.