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Today we will discuss the Blog Analysis project, audience, purpose, context, ethos, and your About and Welcome pages that are due next Tuesday. We will use The Pioneer Woman’s website/blog as an example for our discussions today.
- First, open a Word document and write a one-paragraph (no more than one double-spaced page) summary of Amanda Fortini’s article on Ree Drummond and her blog. What is Fortini’s assessment of Drummond’s persona/ethos? Include at least two examples from the article. Put your name on your summary and submit it to the Canvas Discussion forum (WTL #4) or print and turn it in.
- When finished with the quiz, read The Pioneer Woman’s about page, and then skim the most recent posts on the site (they are highlighted in the scrolling photos on the homepage). Then explore other sections if you have time.
- Review the mini lecture (in the ‘Class Notes’ Page of Canvas) on the design plan approach to production and analysis: focus on statement of purpose and production strategies.
- Get into groups of four to analyze the site according to the guidelines for the Blog Analysis project. Focus on statement of purpose and production strategies. Choose someone to take notes for the group. The note-taker will share the group’s analysis with the class. You will return to this group Thursday when we examine visual and written arrangement.
- Login to your WordPress account and go to your blog dashboard. We will create a welcome page and set it as the homepage for your site.
- Upload our design plans to the Canvas Assignments page
- Wrap-up and questions
Here is today’s agenda:
“Writing for the web means that you are part of an information ecology.” —The Web Writing Style Guide
Ideally, you will have decided on your topic for the blog/website and long-form webtext projects and are ready to take the next step of defining your audience and figuring out how to reach them. Our agenda for today is designed to help you move forward in this way.
- Mini Quiz!!! You may use the texts for this, but you only have five minutes, so if you didn’t read, you’re screwed. 🙂 Go to Canvas and complete the WTL #3 Quiz in the ‘Discussions‘ section of our class page:
- Write down two pieces of advice from Alex Reid’s Why Blog? that you liked.
- Now write down one thing you may have learned from the Introduction (and/or Writing in the Genres of the Web) of Writing Spaces.
- Review of the design plan and blog/website project requirements (questions?)
- Discuss the reading via our quiz answers
- Set up our WordPress accounts and go through the basics of setting up your blog/website. Here is a great tutorial on how to get started.
- Organize partners and groups for the tech presentation assignment
- Finish the Design Plan assignment and submit it to Canvas in the ‘Assignments’ section. We will walk through the submission process in class if you want to wait to submit it then.
- Read: Fortini, O Pioneer Woman!
- Read: Writing Spaces–Writing in the Genres of the Web
- Create a URL and blog name for your new WordPress blog (see #4 above for more info.–due Thursday, Sept. 8).
- Choose the type of app/program you wish to present with your partner and add it to the class schedule (see #5 above).