Assignment #4: Talking Back

This week you built and annotated a blogroll to follow in your own blogging pursuits. The Read-Write Web isn’t simply about taking what you need, however – you also have to become part of the conversation. This week you’re going to make your voice heard.

Part 1: Start talking! – DUE: All comments made by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31

You must post at least 10 substantive comments to the blogs in your blogroll (one per blog). Be sure to include your email and blog address when you post, or it won’t count!

To verify your work, you will provide a printout of each comment with a URL to the story and turn it in at next Monday’s class (Feb. 1).

Note: A substantive comment goes beyond saying “Great ideas” or other spammer-speak to build on and extend the conversation. Run with their ideas! This brings us to part 2 …

Part 2: Synthesis post – POST BY: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3

Since the blogs in your blogroll are all aimed at your focus, you should be able to synthesize several of the ideas they present into something new that takes their ideas further. For this assignment, you need to identify an ISSUE that’s currently being discussed in your chosen blog community. You will construct a blog post that brings together posts on the subject from at least three members of your blogroll AND adds your own voice to that discussion.

Post a link to your post (not your main blog page) with a one-sentence description to the comment section of this assignment by the due date.

Wondering how to get started? Here are some ideas:

  • How is the issue being covered in the news? What are other bloggers saying?
  • Do you agree with these other perspectives? Disagree?
  • How can you fit the different voices you’re hearing (news, supporters, opponents) together to say something NEW about the issue?

Note: Although some summarization will be necessary, that’s NOT the point of this assignment. Instead, you must build an original discussion or argument upon these others’ ideas. Be sure to link as needed in order to give credit where it is due.

(yes, this counts as one of your two weekly posts)


20 Responses to Assignment #4: Talking Back


    My blog is scheduled to post at 10:00 am. I did the issue of businesses not using social media to promote and sell their products. I couldn’t really find a big issue or topic between my blogroll other than that and broadening their social media outlets.

  2. emilyeisenhuth says:

    I thought it was due today, Monday. Here is the link to get specifically to the post.

  3. coreymac94 says:

    My synthesis post looks at the reasons behind the state’s massive budget shortfall and ways we may be able to diversify the energy sector to halt the budget free fall.


    A lot of minimalist blogs talk about decluttering and organizing. But I feel that minimalism is more than just getting rid of stuff. It’s about living with less, and getting more out of life.

  5. audriek says:
    My synthesis post lies heavily on the one-sidedness of entertainment blogging. I approached this for this weeks assignment and tried to come to a solution to bring both sides together.

  6. matthewfergo says:

    The most important I learned from these different blogs were that athletes of previous eras may have been more socially conscious – particularly in the 1960s civil rights movement – but it will never compare to today’s athletes because of the increase in media coverage and advances in technology.

  7. tuellkristen says:

    My synthesis post discussed the story of Vanessa Hudgens in Grease that I found from multiple sources on my blog roll. I used some of the content they already gathered, but added some of my own as well. They all had different pieces of the story, so I combined them and connected them to the bigger picture.

  8. davidstatman says:

    My synthesis post is on the continued existence of the NFL Pro Bowl, and what other blogs are saying about its decline in ratings and why it’s still around.

  9. Here is a link to my post: “Faith and the Contenders.”

  10. mtshadle says:

    My synthesis post is about how Photoshop is used not only because someone is too large for industry standards but also when they are too thin.. making it literally impossible for anyone to fit the ideal.

  11. jadenarth says:

    My synthesis post explores how different streaming services are trying to pull customers away from Spotify.

  12. Sierra says:

    My synthesis post is about what I see and don’t see as a collective from the blogs on my blog roll. I conclude with how I want to make my blog different from everyone’s blog.


    My synthesis post is about this new app in the UK that has promotes negative female stereotypes. The post also features another blog post that looks at the whole topic very broadly.

  14. amdewitt94 says:

    My synthesis discusses how the main issue with social media marketing is that no one seems to really know exactly how to use it

  15. Here is my synthesis post related to the #OscarsSoWhite topic.

    Patrick J. Clarke


    Sorry, forgot to post, but the blog autoposted at 10 a.m.
    It is about how the discovery of a new hominin species alters our understanding of what it means to be human.

  17. John Mark says:

    My synthesis post looks at WWE’s booking decisions going into WrestleMania 32.


    My synthesis post discusses the ways in which political blogs responded to the results of the Iowa caucus.

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