Midterm Discussion 2007

questions for seeding midterm discussion
Part of this course is to push writing boundaries, and to test preconceptions about writing, about reading, about 'how' we think about writing in both electronic spaces and traditional spaces.

Our discussion over the next few days is not an exam or a debate, but a heuristic dialoge: an opportunity to think about and reflect on what you've been doing over the past few weeks. The questions on this page are some guides that I may call on to direct our attention.

See also MidtermReflection | MidtermDiscussionNotes26Mar2007

getting started
Think back to how you looked at these matters at the beginning of this course.
* Think back to how you thought about blogs and wikis at the beginning of this course Go to the archives of your personal blog and read a few entries, and take note of what you noticed, what you valued and why you valued it.


Since the time when you wrote those entries,
* What's changed about the way you now understand blogs or wikis - and how?
I actualoly know what a wiki is and how to us one. I guess I have also learned to look at a blog as something for company use or political use as apposed to just prsonal writing.
* What's stayed the same - and why?
I guess I've always known how to use a blog, and I still use them for personal reasons. So neither of those have changed.


How are you spending your time on your projects?
* time spent/week
about four hours
* how often
three times a week give or take
* how long
...about four hours
* doing what
I have worked on nw chapters, correcting some of the older ones. (I have two I'm still polishing that I want to post soon.) I also check the wiki regularly for new activity and spend a lot of time trying to convince people to go to it.


projects
What's going well? What's going better than expected?
I'v actually gotten more base writing (matrial to post) than expcted, but there's really no one reading it so it doesn't really matter.
What's going not so well? What unexpected problems have you encountered?
* examples of problem
Peopl promis to go and then don't.
* How have you addressed these unexpected problems?
I have calld a few people and finally got a few people to go leave commnts


What are you going to do next?
* If you will change your plans, how?
I don't plan on changing things really, but I hav two more chapters and a few other orphaned scenes I'd like to get up soon as well as a charcter map I made.


collaborative writing and participation
If you're working with others, how is it going? That is
* what are others providing
No on has provided more than general suggestions
* what are they not providing
new material to the orphaned scenes or direct plot suggstions
* what complications are you running in to that involve the participation of others?
Their complet lack of participation
* how might you address those complications?
I've discovred neither guilt nor begging, nor cookies work, so I'm out of ideas.
* what benefits are you gleaning from working with others?
I was hoping to get fresh ideas on parts in my story I'm unsure with
* what drawbacks?
That I can't depend on anyone but myself to actually participate.


writing spaces
Has keeping a blog/writing in a wiki changed your writing habits, and if so how?
* writing habits include when you write, where you write, how you write (drafts, revisions, editing), who you write to (audience imagined and audience addressed), how you read your own writing. Do you write and run? return to it to develop later?
It really hasn't changed my writing habits except to make me write more often. I'm more likely to give into my impulss to write instead of do laundry sinc I can always claim it's for this class.
* if so, have any of these changes moved into your writing in other writing spaces?
I guess frequency does effect everything if through nothing more than practice.

Has keeping a blog/writing in a wiki twigged you into developing any new writing practices?
No, not really. I'm used to having a blod and thus being posted out on the internet, and I guess having my writing out ther dosn't really change how I write it.
* if so, examples


Has keeping a blog/writing in a wiki twigged you into developing any new writing strategies? that is, have you found yourself encountering new ways of addressing the new writing situations, eg: how you respond to others on a collaborative blog, or how to write a critique of a piece of writing posted to a wiki?

Well, critisism did cause me to write an entire revision of my chapter one, but that's not really a stratagy.
* if so, examples


Has keeping a blog/writing in a wiki twigged you into experimenting with any new forms or genres of writing - either traditionally recognized (the sonnet; the aphorism....) or (purportedly) new (the list, the linked essay...)

No, just working in my regular fictional state of being.
* if so, examples


Has keeping a blog/writing in a wiki changed your understanding of writing, or your understanding of your self as a language user?
* if so, examples
I guess I re-realized just how poor my spelling and grammar and typos can be.

RedefiningBoundaries

realm of usefulness
As you see it now, how might you use a blog or wiki to support what kind of writing?
* research / academic writing and publishing
Wll you can publish your own writing and idas or research without having to get it accepted at a publishing comp[any. It allows you to get your findings or information out more immediately.
* research notetaking and analysis
In this case a wiki would be nice to post resarch on bcaus othrs could correct anything incorrect you hav or even add to your topic
* personal notebooks
a blog is probably better here because it's not able to be edited by others. You wouldn't want someone posting things under your name that are sloanderous. It's a good place to keep in touch and hav others be updated on your life.
* general online presence: news, reporting, commentary
Probably a blog for general presence would be quite good because it's a bit flashier and finished looking. Also if you just want simpl news or report enteries the blod is very nicely strait foreward.
* online collaborative projects (wikipedia, etc)
It'd be good for what I'm doing with my story or starting a mor open ended writing prodject. Wiki's are rediculously useful for collabrotiv prodjects.
* literary genres (essay, poetry, fiction)
I don't know how good withr one is for just posting and providing these things. I guess a blog would b nice for chornological chapters or poems, but the wiki is nic bcause it's easier to go back and edit as a work in progress.
* support
Blogs are a grat way to reach out to communitites. You can form large support around blog groups.
* publishing
You can publish just about anything on either. It's useful, though not a raders most common choice for reading.
* teaching
I'm more of a hands on learner. I was at a creft blog once trying to learn how to bind books, and despite pictures it was rather hard to get. I guess it depends what your taching, but I give bothe blogs and wikis 2 1/2 stars out of five for teaching.


generative questions
You're now approaching a level of expertise that allow you to address these questions with some authority. So
* In exactly two sentences, define a blog, distinguishing it from other forms of writing spaces, including a wiki and paper.
A blog is an accesable online writing space which has (usually) on author and is chronological by dates of several posts. They're on topics ranging from personal life to politics to Cheetoes; they're colorful and are participated in through posting comments.
* In exactly two sentences, define a wiki, distinguishing it from other forms of writing spaces, including a blog and paper. see WhatIsAWiki
It's an onlin accesable writing space in which anyone (usually) can edit and write on any of the pages iuncluded in the wiki. It's a bare bons style of web page and is nither chronological nor permanent.
* What do you think you as a language user can do best in a wiki / blog that you can't do in another writing space?
Blogs are best for making statements and posting your personal views or information on something which you want others to read about. Wiki's are best for colabrativ writing and group prodjects.
* Just what does the blog / wiki provide that good ol' paper and pencil can't?
A wide and easily accesable audience ovr the internt as wll as a polished look you don't get with pencil or pen.
* Just what does pencil and paper provide that writing in a blog / wiki can't?
A solid, hard copy that on can carry arounjd with them out onto their dock for a nice evening read.
* Just what changes about writing when you write in a blog / wiki?
Sometimes people are more careful about what they write bcause it's going to b emmediatly available for others to read.


and so
* What are you finding you're gaining by keeping a blog / writing in a wiki that you didn't expect?
More motivation to write and work on what I have as far as content.
* What are you finding you loose?
Faith in my friends to participate in my life and care about what's important to me. Aww, emo tear.

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