I’m sitting here in the Language Resource Center at my uni making free time where there is none. I’ve been busy all day and I have heaps to do for tomorrow and the next day, but I need some time to relax, okay? I think we all do sometimes. 🙂
For my degree, I have to take this class called “Managing the Information Environment”. It’s only worth one credit (the minimum) and I’m taking it pass/fail (as is required), but the work still gets on my nerves sometimes. We’ve “learned” things like how to “use” Photoshop. I’ve ended up teaching the teacher so many things. Well, several things, at least. I feel kind of bad for her because she doesn’t really know how to use the programs she’s supposed to be teaching and it’s not her fault they’re making her teach this class, but I still really dislike her. 😛 Maybe in another context we could be friends, or, you know, the teacher-student kind of buddies, but this subject, man. This subject. It irks me so.
That said, I rather enjoyed the assignment I had to do for today. Since the class is all about the whole new-fangled “information environment” what with its lessons on InDesign, Dreamweaver, etc., this week they decided to teach us about The Blogosphere. Caps, that’s right.
Anyway, we had to make a blog using Blogger a few weeks back, but they never had us do anything with it besides give it a title and choose a default template. This week, though, we got to upload a banner we made in a previous assignment, mix the colors around, and best of all, BLOG. Put anything in blog form and I’m like “okay, no problem!” Sometimes when I have to write an essay with a specific word minimum, I like to think about roughly how many blog posts it is. Put it in those terms and it doesn’t sound bad.
For this assignment, we had to write two blog posts, one introducing the purpose of the website (group research fun-time) and one going more in-depth about the research we have done. Each post was supposed to be a minimum of 100 words and I’m pretty sure that’s all she’s expecting, but I definitely took it a bit far. :X I mean, I wrote relatively short posts by my standards, but I totally took the assignment far more seriously than it needed to be taken. If you want to see what I did, you can go here, but basically I spent an hour on the second post because I wanted to go totally in depth and find a quote to elaborate my point. I’m just the coolest. 😛
I’m also taking this class called “Hooked: Addiction in American Culture”. My professor and some of her colleagues run a blog related to the topic, so for one of our assignments we either have to write a response paper about one of the posts on the blog, or write something to be posted on the blog ourselves. Naturally, I’ve already chosen the latter. I swear everything is just so much better in blog form! And considering the essay-like nature of some of my posts in the past on my own personal website, I’m sure posting to the addiction blog will be a piece of cake. Just gotta make sure I follow the tone and format of the pre-existing posts. 🙂
Each of us in that class also has to write a comment to be posted on any post we choose, but we have to print it out and bring it into class before posting because our teacher wants to go over “comment etiquette” with us. She says she’s had some “real zingers” on her posts in the past. I mean, not everyone who’s going to comment is going to be a scholarly user of the Internets, lady. That said, there are definitely plenty of people who could use a lesson in how to post a constructive comment. There’s no place for YouTube-style trolls on an academic blog, bro.
Do you remember the days when those “How to Comment Properly” and “What Not to Do When Commenting” articles were all over the place on everyone’s personal websites? The days when people got 30+, 50+, even 100+ comments on a single post… those were the days. The Golden Age of Blogging. Although there are arguably far fewer idiots around now, so maybe not.
I saw someone say once that they wouldn’t want now to be the golden age of anything because that means things can only get worse. I like that train of thought.