Social Media Challenge: Best of the Blogosphere

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 variety of rankings of the best, most interesting, and most influential blogs out there (and I’ve tried to align these with your stated interests to the degree that that’s possible). The result is not exactly scientific, but it gives us a list with some variety.

You have all been assigned, in pairs and at random, to one of these blogs. These blogs are allegedly some of the best of the best, so go to it, read it, and get to know all about it:

  1. Deadspin: Eric Waddon & Rodney Lamp
  2. HiLoBrow: Aaron Geiger & Shay Maunz
  3. Huffington Post: Andrea Sauer & Kristen Wishon
  4. Everything Everywhere: Kirk Auvil & Shannon Teets
  5. Boing Boing: Sebouh Marjarian & Jazz Clark
  6. Pitchfork: Derek Rudolph & Alex Wiederspiel
  7. The Consumerist: Deepa Fadnis & Melanie Hoffman
  8. Cake Wrecks: Lindsay Cobb & Corey Preece
  9. Strobist: Devanne DiBacco & Jon Vickers
  10. The Awl: Keri Gero & Toni Cekada

In next week’s (Tuesday, March 1) class, each pair will do a 10 minute presentation on your blog. You’ll need to address the following (providing on-screen examples):

  • Basics: Explain the blog, its content, its design and its voice
  • Audience: Who is this blog for? How easy is it to get up to speed (Mission statement? FAQ?)? Is information provided on traffic and business information? How does it connect to a community?
  • Comments: Is commenting allowed? If so, how (if at all) is it moderated?
  • Metadetails: What are some of the top posts? Has the blog been in the news? Does it advertise?

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 Tuesday, March 1. Extras such as handouts, audio/video, or lasers are not required, but are certainly welcome.

That’s right, there are no assigned readings for next week. All the more reason to read your blog!

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