28 Oct 2104


SEF SEF has made a lot of text and context notes and notes on the variety of stuff that gets linked to on the blog he's working with - showing that it's wise to adapt your note-taking to the particulars of the blog. SEF's notes on an example post are using the taxonomy we have as a way to start seeing the use of links.


Analysis of Post


ELG. These notes are on fire. ELG starts with the taxonomy as a guide, but then starts building on it and adding to it. So she starts idendentifying the use of links that Myers identifies (links to evidence, to give credit, action links, puzzle links) and then adds the specifics of different links, links with wit, considers some rhetorical use of adjectives. ELG is building her notes as a table, which work. But you can use the outline form or just simple paragraphs: whatever works for you in this instance.

ELG also starts a closer analysis of a couple of interesting posts - an excellent idea because it focuses our discussion on particular strategies of the individual blogger. You probably need three or four to really get a sense of things. Choose representative posts that illustrate what you're seeing more generally in patterns and dig in closely.


Analysis of a Post
Posted on October 21, 2014

She tells the reader how to make a salad full of "superfoods". One thing she does is bold the main idea of this blog post for readers. Example: "To catch onto that theme, this post is about a salad I whipped up which packs plenty of the superfoods together, and is rich in essential fats, plant proteins, dietary fibre and scrumptious flavour." When she uses words that may be less known such as "Hypercar" she links it to the wikipedia page explaining the definition instead of explaining it herself. She makes a list of everything one would need to make this salad and then describes the nutritional value of each. This spherical would appeal to people who are health nuts.
What's valuable in the example above is that it seems typical of the blog overall, and that it's ready for further analysis of how the links are used rhetorically in the context of this blog. This blog so that readers see only 10 lines or so of a post and a photo for that post. At the end of the intro, the blogger places a link to MORE. The idea is to interest a reader in the opening, and them give them a choice to go to the next post or read more of this one. And the blogger uses MORE differently from post to post. Here's the MORE link line in MY HYPERFOOD SALAD RECIPE!!!
Read MORE to see why each one of the 10 fabulous ingredients will help nourish your body…

That's a rhetorical move that can be considered more closely.

Also of note is how this blogger uses bold in her posts and her use of !!! in post titles.

Use the taxonomy as a guide but stay flexible as you work to adapt it to the particulars of the blog you're working with. Analysis is methodical but it isn't wooden and it requires an active eye and mind.

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