[R.E.M. Green in the headphones.]
Yesterday, at lunch, Andy said this about my new blog (without having read it): “You probably want to avoid building a general blog. The day of the all-knowing pundit who trails off on this and that is passing. Themed blogs are probably more successful at attracting and keeping an audience.” Okay, so I didn’t keep notes, but he said something close to this.
And this: “You should add a subtitle explaining Earth Wide Moth.”
To wit, I’ve been thinking about genre and audience. I know, I know, others have thought about it more than me and many good folks at CCCC and C&W will complicate matters with their presentations on this subject. But it’s with me now because I’m devising this new blog—without an explicit plan.
The other blog, the one for EN106 this spring, is more clearly in-line with a purpose I can articulate: pedagogical utility. I understand its aims and ambitions. I know how it will be used to fray the boundaries of the course, to disarm the usual restrictions on space and time in f2f courses, and to get students to
write. Audience? Initially, that’s easy. Initially, it will be the students in the course and me, followed by something more, maybe.
I took time out this morning to read the rant of a blog-hating student at Indiana State. Mike posted the link at vitia.org. It’s not easy to understand why the ISU student is so angry about blogging. I’ve visited blogs that I didn’t find inviting or interesting, but it didn’t make me mad. It’s kind of like being invited to dinner in a house with brown shag carpeting…on the walls. As a guest, it’s not decorous to spout off about the host’s poor taste. Could be that the medium convolutes manners, as in shared senses of decency.
Gotta get to work. Course-prepping and other admin stuff. Ack!