Assignment #3: Start Following!

So far, you’ve introduced yourself and determined a focus for your blog. This week you’ll solidify that focus and identify sources of information that will contribute to your writings.

Part 1: Refine your focus

This week, you created an “About” page with your blog’s mission statement. In class today, we assessed these focuses. Based on my and your classmates’ feedback, refine your “About” page and add some depth. Remember these points from our readings:

  • It’s not about you. Make sure your focus is a larger conversation, not a diary or “expert advice” (you’re not one) or “my crazy life” blog. How can you connect with a larger community?
    • Remember: No advice blogs, no reviews, no profile-only blogs, no whatever else I decide is off-limits (I’ll tell you if it’s you)
  • It’s not about everything. Avoid being too broad (e.g., “pop culture”) – if you say you will write about something general like “sports,” you’ll need to spell out what a reader might get out of reading your site compared to the countless other sports sites out there.
  • It’s not just links. Links are necessary, but a successful blog needs to add something to the information it synthesizes from elsewhere. Linking to a bunch of stories about the Pittsburgh Penguins is not blogging.

Part 2: Identify sources to help you

Blogging isn’t something you have to do on your own. With your focused topic in mind, it’s time to identify some sources to help you on that path. You will identify at least 10 blogs to follow. Each of these blogs should be a spiritual cousin to your own – they do something related to what you hope to do. They may be individual bloggers or group blog sites; they cannot be non-blog sites (e.g.,, although you may link to an individual blogger on such a site (no more than one from a site).

You’ll need to complete the following steps:

  • Add a blogroll (Links > Add New > Create a “Blogroll” category) and add your 10 blogs to it (5 pts for blogroll)
  • Write a blog post explaining (in 1-2 sentences each) how each of these blogs will inform your own blog – don’t forget to include links to each blog in your post! (5 pts for links)
  • Yes, this will count as one of your two weekly posts, but only if you actually write a post. If it’s just a bulleted list with no actual writing or description, you won’t earn this credit. (5 pts – one of your weekly posts – for compelling, coherent writeup)

Due: 10a, Tuesday, September 6

  • You get a one-day extension for the Labor Day holiday.
  • Post a link to your post (with a short description) in a comment to this blog post.

5 Responses to Assignment #3: Start Following!

  1. kameronduncan says: I think that many of the sites that I included on my blogroll will give an accurate depiction of the type of content I want to have on my own blog.

  2. Ryan Decker says:

    I found 10 college football blogs, most of which aren’t affiliated with any one university, that keep fans informed so they can get a realistic perspective of how good (or bad) their team really is.

  3. michalalynn says:
    I found other Broadway blogs as well as great news sources to help me stay up to date on all of the constant changing that happens on Broadway.

  4. carlyperez5 says: I found 10 Health, Fitness, and/or Lifestyle Blogs that I think will show readers what I hope to achieve with my blog in some way or another.

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