Assignment #4: Talking Back

Last week you built and annotated a blogroll to follow in your own blogging pursuits. Developing an online presence 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, February 5

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! If a blog doesn’t allow comments, or if yours doesn’t show up, find an alternate blog to comment on. The main thing is that you make 10 comments on 10 separate blogs that are relevant to your own.

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. 6). To save on paper, you can also take screenshots and print those.

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 ON: 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 8 (note that this must go up ON Wednesday for full credit)

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)


14 Responses to Assignment #4: Talking Back

  1. Cara Devenney says:

    In this post I discussed the issues of being afraid to ask for help and how winter is the roughest season when it comes to anxiety. I also included discussions from three bloggers that I follow in the anxiety community and why I agree with their statements.

  2. mglamastro says:

    For this assignment I discussed lack of creativity in the blogosphere as the result of new and social media, and what bloggers can do to combat feeling uninspired.

  3. Haley says:

    In this post I talk about five ways to not compliment your used-to-be fat friend & talk about the issues the weight loss community and online bloggers face. I tried to add some humor to some rather frustrating things.

  4. Rebecca Toro says:

    I discuss how harassment can lead to a decrease in a students mental health and how they come off as hostile. This is why we fight for our rights ex. Women’s March.

  5. miaswanegan says:

    For this assignment I discussed the topic of stress and how it is only natural but we do have a hand in controlling it and the outcome.

  6. Laura Andrea says:

    This post is about the lack of community on WordPress surrounding my blog topic, Latin Urban Music.

  7. A lot of blogs have been discussing Nintendo Switch as the release date approaches. These bloggers have covered advertisements, the system’s price and whether it will be worth buying. In my post I touch on all of this and then emphasize some of the problems that Nintendo has created for itself while trying to release this new gaming system.

  8. In this post I talk about the on going QB situation that the New York Jets are in. I discuss the talks that are going on in the community and give my opinions and my own insight on what I feel will happen.

  9. crnolder says:

    In this post, I discuss how to deliver a speech with charisma and tips on refining your charisma.


    Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime performance has been very popular for obvious reasons. Many of my blog roll has written about this on their blogs so I figured that was a solid idea to analyze!

  11. miaswanegan says:

    For this assignment I focused on how to accept stress and how it is okay and natural.

  12. Ashley Conley says:

    Lots of sports blogs and journalism platforms have been full of Super Bowl coverage. I wrote about Super Bowl LI and how it may have brought the excitement back to the NFL.

  13. dshedrick says:
    In this post I investigate the reasons why millennial, socially conscious bloggers are focusing on politics rather than celebrities.

  14. I forgot to post the link, but this week I wrote about gender-bending in theatre and how women aren’t cast in enough male roles.

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