Welcome to my blogging portfolio. When we first began this class, I wanted to come up with a name for my blog that would emcompass the genre of writing that I selected for this class, well as my personal style of writing. I'd also just began my capstone class where we were exploring the different elements of the personal essay. One type that we explored was "reportage"-the art of joining news and opinion. I thought this was perfect for the blog, as did majority of the millions of other bloggers world-wide. So much for me being unique:( However due to my underdeveloped knowledge of blogging I'd thought that I had a clever concept, so I ran with it. I wanted to come up with a title that held on to this ideal, and so forth came "Pen and Ink"
, with "pen" being a more individual, sylistic effort and "ink" being the more permanent side of journalism.
As for my porfolio, showing how my blogging has improved and highlighting my best blogging are kind of on the same wave length. In hindsight, I think that I have done more growing and advancing as a person through my blog than my blog has as a unit. What I mean is that, I being a less technology-advanced individual ,when it comes to new concepts such as the blog, I didn't have a lot of the glitz and glam that some of my classmates did. I kept it simple, sticking to what I know. But as for content, I'm a fairly private person. The whole idea of blogging about personal life and opinions was not so exciting to me. Yet throughout the semester I began to "loosen up" a little. In order to be a good writer, whether it be for a an essay or for an email, you have to put yourself into it. That doesnt mean you have to tell the world who you are, but you can allow them to discover the person that you are through your own words. In my own way I think I allowed myself to that better than anything else through my blogging. Therefore, I've chosen to highlight the blogs that show my path of growth and development.
I've chosen "college sports and court cases"
as my, not worst blog but a blog that could have been significantly better. I start of by stating that I should have and wanted to stay away from even posting on the topic. That's exactly how I felt about the matter. And that's why I limited myself. In this post you can tell by the language and by my opening statement that I had a lot more to stay about the issues relating to the lacrosse case and many others but I chose to address all my points in a roundabout, almost eliminating any real elements of opinion and genuine material. I had so many thoughts and theories concerning that case and the idea of law and politics inr regards to college sports in general but I voiced none of this in my post. This post is almost null and void when it comes to encompassing the point of blogging in general as well as encompassing the idea of my blog.
About a month after class began, I posted a blog relating to an article that I'd written on bottled water.
At first glance, I think that I did a pretty good job of relating myself to the article, and my thoughts on it. I even talk about my family, which is pretty advanced for me a month into the class. Here I do exactly what my blog detail states is my mission--I find a topic in the news, and drive it home. I think this blog marks my milestone in this class (if I'm using that word correctly). What is strong about this post is that I go right into my personal element. I don't begin by previewing the article as I usually do. Instead I open with a fact about myself and how that relates to my life. I like this post because here is where I think viewers can begin to see inside my personality. I'm kind of analytical. Actually I think I'm very analytical, particularly when observing my own behavior. I know it seems like a pretty boring or uninteresting post unless you have a bottled water obsession like me, but I like this post and I'm even a little proud of myself. What could've been better about this post? Well for starters I could have talked about something other than bottled water:) As a college student there are so many more interesting and more intellectual elements that co-exist in our day-to day activites that I'm sure that something more interesting happened that day than this article that I had search for, something that I decided not to share with the rest of the world out of fear of any consequences that could result. I can't tell you how many times I've sat at my computer trying to find a story or article that I coudl talk about without giving too much of myself. Or maybe that's just another element of my personality-I like to keep things to myself.
To highlight my best blogging I'm going to refer to two posts. The first is kind of cheating the assignment (that's one reason why I have a second) because I think the post where I wrote about what I plan to do in "my blogging portfolio"
is one of the best examples of my blog. It's the post where I am mosst honest and most heartfelt, and I even got an honest repsonse back from a classmate. The second post to which I am referring is a post that I wrote on "Disney Movies."
In this post, I can feel my excitement. I relate to the reader my point on the happiness and cheerful ambiance of Disney movies through my writing. I talk mostly about myself and my personal experiences that apply the article that read about Disney movies to me instead of having to apply myself to the article that I read. I don't think that I could have succeeded any better in this post. I was really happy by the way that I applied so many elements of myself and my goal for my blog in this post.
Instead of listing posts where I've made comments on my classmates' blogs, I've decided to highlight a post that I made earlier this semester when asked to draw some conclusions about our class' blogging style as a whole. I drew similarities between us a class and even sparked some debate. In this post I think I accomplished exactly what the purpose of us blogging is--I raised intellectual questions and related them to our lives. Now that I reflect I probably should have put this post on the class posts because I'm sure it would have sparked more feeddback. It's the type of posts that leads to other topics--"A coffee shop post!
You know, on tv when the make stereotypes about college kids, take the show "Felicity" for instance, where college students have deep, heart-felt debates and make observations about themselves in some dramatic epiphany that they have in a coffee house.