It’s almost time to begin our group blog project. As a final stage of your preparation for blogging excellence, you’ll be taking a look at blogs that ARE excellent. Your assignments are drawn from a list compiled from four sites (technorati, Time, eBizMBA, The Guardian) and ranked based on 1) number of times a blog is listed, and 2) rankings of that blog. The result is not exactly scientific, but it gives us a list with some variety.
You were all assigned, in pairs, to one of these blogs in Tuesday’s class (the numbers are their rankings on my unscientific list). These blogs are allegedly some of the best of the best, so go to it, read it, and get to know all about it:
3. Engadget: Gabrielle and Chip
6. TechCrunch: Travis and Evan
7. The Daily Dish: Garrett and Greg
10. Perez Hilton: Julia and Rachel
13. Treehugger: Paden
15. Crooks and Liars: Brittany and Gavin
16. Daily Kos: Cambria and Hillary
17. Metafilter: Ashley and Heather
18. Kottke.org: Ray and Austin
In next week’s class, each pair will do a 10-15 minute presentation on your blog. First, you’ll need to explain the blog, its content, and its tone (providing examples on-screen). Beyond this, you may address issues including but not limited to the following: Who is its audience? How is the site designed (use of links, categories, tags, etc.)? Is commenting allowed, and if so, how is it moderated (if at all)? Has it been in the news? Does it advertise? How? Is information provided on traffic and business information?
This should not be stressful (no, really). Approach the blog as a reader first and a student second. Think about what we’ve read thus far in providing your critique. What are your blog’s strengths and weaknesses? What can you and your classmates learn from it for your own projects?
Due: In class on Monday, March 1. In addition to your presentations, please post a short review of your findings to the course wiki by the start of class (and post that link to this assignment).
That’s right, there are no assigned readings for next week. All the more reason to read your blog!