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 understand them a lot more. In particular the biggest change has come from my wiki experiences in this class. When the semester started, I litierally had no idea what a wiki was. Now I double click with the best of them. I am still a little put off by their design, but I've really come around and learned something new. Blogging on the other hand, I was introduced to in about 10th grade. Nothing ever really came from my introduction, but I've seen many different blogs now. They have the power of being used as effective tools in sharing knowledge.
What's stayed the same - and why?
If given the option I am going to STILL stay with my tried and true methods. For example, I thought that I was going to give wiki a try for our projects, but I couldn't do it. I am still fearful of what I don't know, but this class has already broadened my horizons. I will probably stick with blog over wiki for as long as I can.


How are you spending your time on your projects?
I usually sit down for 4 hours one day during the week and really give the project my all. Unfortunatelly the 4 hours I spend is Tuesday night before a couple hours before I've assigned the project (I use every Wednesday as a due date). I generally google "Brazil +Articles" and it pops up a healthy dose of different articles to choose from. I stick with internet resources that either seem very up to par or else the ones that I KNOW are up to par like the BBC and FAO. After I finish reading my article, I post about what happened in the article and also my personal perspective on it.


projects
What's going well? What's going better than expected?
I was nervous that I had chose a topic that was to broad to write about. However, the broadness of it has helped me to discover where my more powerful personal intrests lay when examining Brazil. I have discovered that I love learning about 'Beauty' in Brazil and how many of the articles I read, whether about rain forrest or prostitution, have the tendency to come back to the Brazilians desire to be beautiful.
What's going not so well? What unexpected problems have you encountered?
I am starting to focus only on the beauty perspective and find that whether the article be about beauty or not... I tend to analyze it from that point of view. I have began to solve that problem by sticking solely to a more tongue and cheek description of the article. I don't delve too deeply into over analyzing it.


What are you going to do next?
I am going to continue writing about Brazil. I think that if my desire to learn about beauty it such that it occupies a majority of my articles and my project, then it will do so. I think its a fascinating topic and I've learned that I love researching it.
If you will change your plans, how?
I won't change my plans, but I will let ME take ME in the direction I want to take me project.


collaborative writing and participation
If you're working with others, how is it going?
I would like to include more people, but my articles and opinions haven't enduced any comments.


writing spaces
Has keeping a blog/writing in a wiki changed your writing habits, and if so how?
Yes, it make me focus more on what I am writing, in the blog anyway. Where as before i used my blog as kind of a mini/well filtered diary, I am now focusing in on one perspective. That is of an exchange student. I've found my voice comes out stronger via my focus on the subject matter. It is easier to have an opinion when you have formulated one. I don't rant and rave on my site anymore. I write about what is truely important to me at the time.
I don't do any revisions or editing unless I see an obvious typo. I have also toned down my formatting drama to provide a more reader friendly asthetic.



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 i don't know if it has 'twigged' any new strategem for my writing. Although I do appreciate starting a blog rant out with an article or something that can 'twig' my personal opinion. In the blogs I have read, also, I like the practice of stating the facts first and commenting later. It seems more intellegent to me and makes the author seem a bit more believable.


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...)
It hasn't sparked anything like that. Probably the newest things that I have done is started reading online (manditory or not I think its helping me as a writer), I have written in diary format on my blog (do not like doing that at all by the way) and I have learned to write on a wiki (which I am still getting used to, but its pretty simple).


Has keeping a blog/writing in a wiki changed your understanding of writing, or your understanding of your self as a language user?

Its helped develop it, but I hade a pretty good understanding of my own voice before. I am crass, rude, and opinionated, the perfect kind of emo user!

RedefiningBoundaries

realm of usefulness
As you see it now, how might you use a blog or wiki to support what kind of writing?
All of the areas listed below, I would, ideally put into a wiki. I think the most important thing about online research is that they are collaborative. Although some of these perspectives are probably bullshit, they are different perspects. Whether these perspectives are sparked from research or writing or teaching or support they offer valuable insight to whom ever reads/participates in them. I would wiki to support all of these areas. However, a personal notebook and personal rant site might be better suited for a blog. There the author can delete comments, hide comments, and edit to their own hearts desire. Wikians are supportive of each other and it proves what the use of the wiki is for, such as:
* research / academic writing and publishing
* research notetaking and analysis
* personal notebooks
* general online presence: news, reporting, commentary
* online collaborative projects (wikipedia, etc)
* literary genres (essay, poetry, fiction)
* support
* publishing
* 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.
Blogs are personal pieces of work that can be shared or personal. They carry with themselves and authorship that can be untouched (unless stolen) and also the ability to allow the author to use an individual voice.
* In exactly two sentences, define a wiki, distinguishing it from other forms of writing spaces, including a blog and paper. see WhatIsAWiki
Everyone can participate in a wiki because there are no wiki authors. Just wiki creators.
* 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?
You can express an opinion from one perspective and have it be cut down by self proclaimed geniuses :)!
* Just what does the blog / wiki provide that good ol' paper and pencil can't?
The ability to instantly work as a collabrative. 3 heads is better than one. Web world is probably better than three heads.
* Just what does pencil and paper provide that writing in a blog / wiki can't?
A sense of ownership. It feels good to write something down and be able to have the authority to share or not share it with people that are sitting right next to your.
* Just what changes about writing when you write in a blog / wiki?
It becomes less forced and more of an extention of yourself. It flows because it is your writing, unfiltered, with no assignment weaving it into something that its not.

and so
* What are you finding you're gaining by keeping a blog / writing in a wiki that you didn't expect?
I am gaining a deeper perspective on the things that I enjoyed about living in Brazil. Paying enough attention to the articles that I read to summarize them at the end does give you a deeper personal perspective on them. Also formulating an opinion to go with them makes me appreciate my topic a bit more.
* What are you finding you loose?
4 hours every Tuesday night.


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