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Read //Blogging// chap 5: Blogs as Narratives, before you work with this.
This week asks you to post a number of times - to start a project today or tomorrow by posting to your blog, and then to return to continue it over the week. Blog posts are not necessarily self-contained essays, and using a blog means picking up and returning to ideas and issues repeatedly, over time. This week's activity gives you some practice in this way of working.
One of the important uses of blogs is for narratives. The narrative might be personal - mirrors. But, as Rettberg mentions, bloggers also start blogs, or start stretches of posts on blogs, as a way of recording a project. They can also be topical: There are blogs about senior year, about writing a dissertation, about learning to cook, raising kids, building a house, moving to the country and creating a home ...
Blogs as narrative cross blog genre lines. There are narrative filter blogs, narrative personal blogs, narrative topic blogs. The narrative is a feature of how the blog progresses, not what it's about.
When blogs are used as narratives, they tend to be more episodic than the kind of continuous used in fiction. They are built up as narratives over time, as events proceed, and as the blogger repeatedly narrates on events.
When blogs tell stories, they generally do so in an episodic form, with each post being a self-contained unit that contributes to an overall narrative. ... [T]he overall story as gleaned from reading a blog is likely to be pieced together from fragments, perhaps supplemented by bits of stories from other places. 119
So, this week, we'll look at blogs as narratives.
- Description of the blog, who's keeping it, what topics or projects they posting on.
- Is it a professional blog? That is, is it being used as a profession?
Did I mention: Make your consideration of the blog you select as a series of posts. Got that? Your consideration is itself going to be a narrative posted over a number of days.
As you work with the blog more closely, and making further posts, you can start considering things such as
- http://lovinlifeasmommynwife.blogspot.com
If you have questions about how to proceed, look to chapter 5 to help you consider what to look at, what's worth mentioning. I'm asking you to draw on Rettberg's work.
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Read //Blogging// chap 5 before you work with this.
One of the important social uses of blogs is for narratives. Seems natural.
Some can be personal - mirrors - but, as Rettberg mentions, bloggers start blogs, or start stretches of posts on blogs, as a way of recording a project. There are blogs about senior year, about writing a dissertation, about learning to cook, raising kids, building a house, moving to the country and creating a home ...
Blogs as narrative also cross blog genre lines. There are narrative filter blogs, narrative personal blogs, narrative topic blogs. The narrative is a feature of how the blog progresses, not what it's about.
Blogs can be used as narratives: more episodic than continuous. And obviously limited by being narrated from inside of the stream of events.
"When blogs tell stories, they generally do so in an episodic form, with each post being a self-cpntained unit that contributes to an overall narrative. ... [T]he overall story as gleaned from reading a blog is likely to be pieced together from fragments, perhaps supplemented by bits of stories from other places." 119
And, still, bloggers use internal and external linking to construct the narratives - as well as images.
Mirrors and veils - Self-reflective function along with
- Description of the blog, who's keeping it, what are they posting on.
Did I mention: Make your consideration of the blog you select as a series of posts. Got that? You consideration is itself going to be a narrative.
As you work with the blog more closely, you can start considering things such as
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If you have questions about whether this is or isn't - look to chapter 5 to help you consider what to look at, what's worth mentioning. I'm asking you to draw on Rettberg's work


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==== Finding a blog ====
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==== Finding a blog =====


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Locate a blog that can be read as a narrative. Not a fictional blog, however: Choose one that you can tell is real - and if you can't tell if it's real or not, don't use it. The blog can be on WP, Blogger, Tumblr ... The platform doesn't matter, so you can look outside of the WP lists.
==== Finding a blog =====
Try googling "my life as a [your interest here]". Or try one of these
- There's a lot of PhD blogs at http://thesiswhisperer.com/read-some-phd-student-blogs/
- http://mylifeasagradstudent.tumblr.com
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Locate a blog that can be read as a narrative. Not a fictional blog, however: Choose one that you can tell is real - and if you can't tell if it's real or not, don't use it.
Can't find one? Try one of these


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- To what extent does the blogger incorporate comments into the narrative?
- To what extent does the blogger incorporate external links into the narrative? What use does the blogger make of external links in the narrative?


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- You might also find that there a sequential narrative in a blog: separate narratives that cover time-limited events such as a vacation or a sabbatical or a project ...
- How well does the blog hold together as a narrative? Some seem to be more contiguous and the posts more story-like than others.
Can't find one? Try one of these
- http://blog.codinghorror.com
- http://jilltxt.net
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- How well does the blog hold together as a narrative? Some seem to be more contiguous and the posts more story=-like than others.
Can't find one? Choose one of these


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- How well does the blog hold together as a narrative? Some seem to be more contiguous and the posts more story=-like than others.


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==== Do This ====
Locate a blog that can be read as a narrative. Not a fictional blog, however: Choose one that you can tell is real - and if you can't tell if it's real or not, don't use it.
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Locate a blog that can be read as a narrative. Not a fictional blog, however: Choose one that you can tell is real - and if you can't tell if it's real or not, don't choose it. Use another one.


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