Friday, September 08, 2006

How To Read a Blog

Much of the homework in this course will entail "reading""a blog. When I assign one, what I'm asking you to do is read at least the most recent four weeks of postings and then scan back a little. Sample a few entries from the more distant past. Look at the first week ever. And then, where appropriate, pull the blog apart a little. Are there rules? (The group blogs like Metafilter tend to have all kinds of rules.) If there a history posted? What other kinds of information is shared? What's the hosting service? What's the look? What are the comment threads like? Does the blogger mix it up on the threads, joining in the arguments and discussions? Consider leaving comments. There are dozens more questions you'll learn to ask.

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