Rhythm & Response 101

My name is Chris Drew, the fearless leader of this picaresque band of newbie bloggers. In the spirit of Lev Vygotsky's social(-historical) theories of higher order (language) development we are working on our writing, reading, and analysis skills in a networked place potentially quite rich in feedback and responsiveness.

Friday, November 03, 2006

The Rhythm of the Blog and next semester's requirements

There's a pretty smart fellow in my field by the name of Collin Brooke who teaches at Syracuse up in NY. One of the things he teaches is "Network(ed) Rhetorics." As an active scholarly blogger, i don't read as much in this area as i should. And so i can't really pontificate on networks and networked rhetorics to the extent that i should be able. (Also, in case you're wondering, there's another brilliant scholar in my field named Jenny Edbaur who also talks extensively about networks.

Anyway, the reason i mention all of this is b/c Collin has a really good post on his class site about the rhythms of writing in/for a network.

A few of the things he articulates over here include:
  • the importance of writing regularly: b/c of the fact that weblogs compell you to write small amounts on a much more regular basis, you end up producing much more writing than you really think. So, while the work may seem easier - and usually it is - it's not necessarily less rigorous. It simply feels this way b/c the writing is not due in huge, stress-inspiring chunks.
  • writing regularly as a requirement: one of the things i wish i would have articulated earlier in the semester or in my syllabus is a weekly writing requirement. Many of you wait until midterm and the finals to compose all of your 22 and 45 required posts. This defeats the purpose of blogging in a number of ways. One, you aren't establishing any type of rhythm. Two, the posts tend to be token efforts, disengaged. Three, this procrastination (for which i must ultimately accept some responsibility) creates the type of student stress and ill-will towards writing that i'm trying to counter with the blogging element of my requirements. There are more reasons, but i'll wrap up with this final one: Four, if you don't visit your blog regularly, if you don't lurk on others and play around on the net, it's more of a challenge to achieve the type of technological comfort i'm hoping our consistent access will grant.

I have more to say on this. Check back for more later...


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