Posts for the Term

A series of blog-related announcements:

  1. This is our last week of blogging for the term; the final posts should be posted no later than Feb. 26.
  2. You should have 27 posts dated between December 19 and Feb. 26.
  3. We will resume blogging the first week of third term.

Blogging Update

Hey Folks.

I’ve been asked to check on how many blog posts you should need at this point. The first check came on December 18. Not including the week we’re in, you should have 18 more posts from December 19 on.

When will I check? Soon.

You are supposed to have 18 blog posts by Monday. Twelve of those should have been posted on or after September 26.

Committing to Topics

We’re finally there. You’re going to choose topics, and begin blogging. But first, I want you to do a few things.

1) Read the following short piece by Brian Jay Stanley. It’s called “Everything Is Interesting,” and it should ease some of the concerns about whether something makes a “good” topic for blogging. Short answer: there are no bad topics. The link is here.

2) Glance at some of these posts that we have deemed Good Bloggers. The links are after the “jump” (that is, the break between what is shown on the front page and what is hidden; click “continue reading” below to see what is beyond the jump).

3) Please complete your “About This Blog” page by next Thursday. We are happy to have conversations with you about your topics whenever you like.

And now, the jump…

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Jen Teitle–wife and fellow occasional blogger–pointed me toward the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s website. They are “lawyers, policy analysts, activists, and technologists” who work for the public interest in matters related to the Internet and free speech. They have a lot of materials worth clicking around for, but most interesting for AP Lang is their FAQ sheet about student bloggers’ legal rights, based on legal precedents. I highly recommend that you all review the page in the next couple of weeks. Here’s a sample:

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If you’re reading this, you’re probably an AP Lang student wondering how this blogging thing is going to work. Here’s a brief guide to this site.

There are four kinds of things you’ll find here:

  1. Instructions for the assignment. There are two tabs at the top if you ever need some basic reminders about what I want you to do on your blogs. “The Assignment” give you the simple outline; “Why We Blog” is a more detailed explanation of my rationale for including them as a part of the AP Lang & Comp curriculum.
  2. A series of “how to” posts to help you blog. If you want to know how to include images or video in your posts, or you’re having trouble adding a link, click on “Blogging 101” on the right hand side and scroll through for instructions.
  3. Fellow students’ blogs. If you want to find other AP Lang students’ blogs to help spur some ideas of your own, or you’re just curious to see what others are doing, they’re all listed on the side. I will also periodically highlight some student blogs with a post on Kennedy Blogs.
  4. Other examples of blogs.  I’ve also included links to some really good blogs, so that you can see what highly successful bloggers have done. This includes professional bloggers like Andrew Sullivan and Nate Silver, and also KHS grads who started their blogs in AP Lang & Comp. This includes one student who recently blogged for the Obama re-election campaign, and another who is blogging for a women’s center at a Big 10 university.

Remember how I said I wanted you to start using links and block quotes to enter into public conversations on your blog? Here are some examples from honest-to-goodness bloggers:

That last example, by the way, is by a former student who started her blog for AP Lang & Comp. Not sure of how to add links and block quotes? I’ll be happy to talk about it in class, but click those links in the last sentence for previously-posted instructions.