Below is this year’s listing of your personal blogs, including short descriptions of what readers can expect from each. Once I’ve gotten everyone’s address, I’ll post links to each of these in the “Students” menu on the right-hand bar. Have a look and get to reading and commenting.
Although I’ve posted the descriptions you’ve given me, some of you still need to refine your concepts (if you’ve heard from me about this but see someone here with a seemingly similar concept, rest assured they have also heard from me). We’ll continue to work on these this week. In a nutshell, remember the Don’t list we discussed in class last week: No diaries, no “my crazy life,” no expert advice (you’re not one), and no recipes/reviews (you’ll notice these are all one-way approaches to blogging). But also remember the Do list: Identify a focus that lets you connect to existing conversations and communities, that provides multiple external sources of information, and that is fruitful enough to maintain long after this course has ended.
Marshal Carper: A scrawny writer attempts to return to jiu-jitsu training after a major knee surgery.
Michael Carvelli: It will be a blog where WVU fans can go to get up-to-the-minute news and information about Mountaineer athletics.
Sarah Cordonier: My blog is about what life is like in a family with many children (allocation of resources, family dynamics, misconceptions, etc.).
Erin Fitzwilliams: Focusing on animal rights and ethics news in West Virginia, but will also discuss/localize national and international news from time to time.
Breanne Hill: My blog covers the events and people surrounding the study of martial arts at West Virginia University, focusing on the college students practicing Taekwondo.
Hunter Homistek: The CoalFist is West Virginia’s premier mixed martial arts blog. Come here for fight info, fighter profiles and places to train in the Mountain State.
Greer Hughes: I would like to focus on iPhone photography and specifically Morgantown photos and apps.
Matt Krauza: Midnight Writer is all about the life of a graveyard shift worker and how working that shift affects their life.
Autumn Lonon: It is the broke girls guide to getting the most out of your college years.
Matt Murphy: Explore Route 40 exists as a guide for locals and non-locals alike to introduce local restaurants and attractions along America’s first federally-funded highway.
Candace Nelson: My blog will focus on local food culture in Morgantown, which includes people, events, ideas and community that all have a passion for food and drink.
Mary Power: Though Ramen Noodles, Easy-Mac, and fast food are all subpar culinary creations, it is possible to live on a college budget and eat well (if your definition of well involves slabs of butter, which mine does). This blog aims to detail that struggle as well as different student diets while providing easy, quick, and wonderful creations.
Ben Scott: My blog will be discovering and exploring the wilds of West Virginia through original photography and recordings.
John Simson: My blog is basically about the progression of extreme sports and the individuals that are progressing them.
Katie Sloane: I will be writing about preparing for life after college, how to cope with the changes that my peers and I are going to face, and resources that are available to aid us in this journey.
Anan Wan: I’ll focus on the daily life of the international students in WVU, especially on the biggest Chinese traditional Spring Festival celebration.
Matt Wolford: My blog will focus on the latest tech buzz and I’ll give my opinion of why I think it’s positive or negative to today’s world and the consumer.
Samantha Young: The blog will address ideas for students who want to eat healthy and are on a budget.