Friday, February 20, 2015

Sam Hits a Nerve And Sami “Isn’t A Blogger”

Screen shot of Sam's anti-biker rant.

Blogging is an interesting media activity, one that a blogger I know called “emotional nudity.” It’s another genre of writing that students who aspire to any communication career should be comfortable with and understand.

Blogs, of course, have a mixed reputation. When a recent Coe graduate was arrested for an attempted terror attack in Canada, part of the way this lost and lonely young women found fellow dark and lonely people to plot with was through social media, including a blog.

But, that doesn’t make blogging all that different from any medium. After all, Hitler’s rise to power was partly fueled by his book “Mein Kampf.” Newspapers, magazines, books, movies, TV shows—all have and are used to spread terrible ideas and violence. But, as a proponent of the Marketplace of Ideas, I would observe that all of those media also can be used to educate, inform and positively persuade.

The internet is a bit different only in that facilitates unusual connections.

She doesn't have to hate not being good at blogging because she is. Good at blogging.

Anyway, 10 new blog voices have joined the internet babble, courtesy of a class writing assignment. One student, Sam, wrote a rant against bikers. One of my other blogs is called “CR Biker,” so you pretty much know how I felt about that. Was he yanking my chain? Perhaps, but that’s what a blog is for.

She is a blogger.
Samantha, aka Sami, is a bit profane on her personal blog—but I don’t think she does anything beyond what you would expect in this rather personal, emotionally nude medium. Hers is a blog worth reading. And she claims on her id that she is not a blogger. All I can say is au contraire.

And Madison also has a very visually stunning start to her blog.

One student, Meghan, is in the “mommy blog” school. Another student, also a mom, has a son who is planning his wedding, and Billie blogs about her experiences as a grown up in a young-adult world.

Each of the students is seeking to develop an online voice that is worth listening to, and to display themselves as writers. Take a glance and see what you think. Don’t troll them, please—but blog writers are partly rewarded by getting feedback on what they say:


See her winter photos.

And, for the record, my two other blogs:

CR Gardenjoe

See what you think. And if you comment here, maybe you can suggest what you think are interesting blogs that Communication, Journalism, Multimedia or PR students should follow. Or just answer this question: What are your favorite blogs, and why?

1 comment:

  1. Wow, I am very impressed with all of these blogs. As a former student of Introduction to Journalism, I can say they have already passed the expectations I had upon viewing the first blog. I think many of the blogs are very thoughtful, interesting, and cover a wide area of topics. I especially like the look and set up of Samantha's blog, credit may be due to her artistic background and experience with graphic design, but regardless, nice work on her behalf! I also enjoyed reading Billie's and Meghan's blogs as they are both non-traditional students who are living a different life style than me. It was a nice reminder that although I am very busy, other people have even more responsibility that I do, and I never see them complaining or failing to do what is expected of them. Lastly, one blog that intrigued me was Matt's. I have always pictured blogs to be long paragraphs, but his is not. I enjoy the fact that Matt keeps his blog focused on sports and includes updates on different teams (including MMU!). I think it is good to change what is expected of a blog and make it your own, and that is exactly what Matt did in my opinion.