Each blog was suppose to have an engaging writing style, apply class concepts , and further discussions that we had in class in new and interesting ways. A successful blog also has a stance on a clear topic, relevant material from outside sources, and was written in the time frame in which it was due. For everyone of my blogs, I feel that these requirements were met. Of all of my blogs that I have posted this quarter though, I feel that “Life Unplugged”, and ” The ‘Troll’ing Under the Bridge” are my two best blogs.
In each of my blogs I tried to use as much active voice that I could, which has is much harder since I write science papers mostly; however, I did find that it got easier as time went on. Active voice is that in which the reader feels as if there is a conversation in the reading that they can further with their comments. I expanded on this to further discussion by ending each of my blog posts with a question to give the reader a topic to further state their idea/opinion with respect to mine. This also made it so that anyone who read it later would also get a more interesting and in depth conversation. The subject of each blog was a continuation of what I felt needed more discussion than was covered in class or a way to voice my opinion on something that I disagreed with from the readings. Each blog also used relevant tags and categories to help place it into context with the rest of my blogs. I also made sure to follow the content requirements in each of my blogs.
“Life Unplugged” covered a topic that was brought up and discussed because of our reading of “How a Plugged-In College Student Spent 24 Hours Without Tech”. I felt a real tie to the topic because of my upbringing without a lot of the trending technologies as a child, which allowed for a different view point to make arguments for and against the idea of unplugging in life. One way that I chose to try and evoke a response to my blog was by putting my opinions out there, a lot of which are controversial, because I feel that when one reads something that goes against them, they are more likely to speak out. Which is discussed by our reading ” The Six Things that Make Stories Go Viral…” with its’ tie to emotion being one reason. In the blog I included a reference and quote from “How a Plugged In…”, a link to one additional source (flow of nature), and another photo which I discussed with reference to how unplugging can make a difference to people.
“The ‘Troll’ing Under the Bridge” blog covered a topic brought up by our reading of “ Rainbow-Cake Recipe Inspires Comment Apocalypse“. Being a male college student, I do my fair share of gaming, and there is always that one troll it seems. Knowing this, I felt that a blog about trolling and why I think that some people overreact to it would be a topic of interest for people of the same interest group. I took a quote from the comment section of Rainbow-Cake Apocalypse which is a classic troll and put my spin on why I think that people troll and asked for other peoples opinions. Yet again, this can be a controversial topic, which I hoped to stir up some conversations with that engaged the readers. This once again pulls on emotion as was mentioned in “The Six Things…” reading. There is also a link to what Urban Dictionary defines trolling as along with a link to a video that gives what I define as trolling and how it should be handled.
One of my best comments I feel was the one I made on “Mankind’s Biggest Dilemma- Lazy or Busy?” because I feel that by giving my experience and voicing my opinion I was able to add depth to the blog. I helped to further the discussion by making it relevant to a lot of people here reading it because we are mostly engineers and there are varying opinions that needed to be voiced on the subject of lazy or smart.
Another one of my best comments was the one I made on “The More You Know” . In this comment I feel that I clearly state my opinion against doing the ice bucket challenge and why I feel that way. In doing so I also indirectly quote the reading we did by Will Oremus. I also further the topic of the blog post about STEM Cell research by linking a video to the comment that I had seen earlier that is relevant which I hoped to add more to the discussion.
Each of the blogs had a focused topic that made sense to be discussed along with the class readings and discussions and provoked comments of thoughtful reflection and discussion on each topic. While each of the comments that I made on other peoples blogs were a continuation and statement of my opinion on the topic being discussed that went to further conversation.