Secondary Worlds

Teaching, Technology, and English Education

Category: Web 2.0

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Why not Blogger?

One of the reasons we chose Blogspirit rather than megaservice Blogger. Wired: Bloggers Pitch Fits Over Glitches Commentary by Adam L. Penenberg. Technical troubles slam Google’s blogging site. The problem is, Blogger is a lot like a public utility, and when it goes down, so does discourse on much of the blogosphere. Complete story

Web 2.0

New Look for Secondary Worlds

I took a hint from Weblogged-ed and grabbed a free image from the Wikipedia Commons. After doctoring it with photoshop, I followed the instructions at Technoblog and voila, I have a new look. I’m also encouraged in the way this blog is serving as a back-up brain as I draft an article for the Language […]

Courses, Web 2.0

Interactive Blogs Change Class Participation

From an article by Susan Kinzie of the Washington Post, 3/11/05 Blogs already have seeped into everyday life on campus. At Johns Hopkins, two juniors just set up a service for students and faculty to start their own blogs. Georgetown University tinkered with software to make it easy for professors to create blogs. There are […]

News, Web 2.0

When Blogspirit Wigs Out

On Sunday 1/30/05, Blogspirit seemed to crash for a few minutes between 4:00 and 5:00. A number of students received “fatal error” messages when they tried to log into the service. Fortunately for everyone posting at the last minute, the server came back online pretty quickly. Another glitch that has happened to me twice now: […]

Web 2.0

For the Brave: What is an RSS Feed?

For the tech-savvy among us . . . You may have noticed the small orange boxes labeld “RSS” and “Atom” in the right-hand column of your blog. These just mean that your blog can be read by an RSS Reader , which is a specialized browser that keeps track of all the blogs you’re interested […]

Web 2.0

What is a blog? (from Wikipedia)

A weblog, web log or simply a blog, is a web application which contains periodic, reverse chronologically ordered posts on a common web page. Such a web site would typically be accessible to any Internet user. Blogs run from individual diaries to arms of political campaigns, media programs and corporations, and from one occasional author […]

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What are the Characteristics of a Good Blog?

1. Purposeful Like any piece of powerful writing, an effective blog has a specific purpose. The purpose of a blog may be to offer an alternative view on an global event (DailyKos), critique the mainstream media (Instapundit), or supply specialized information to a particular audience (Slashdot). In each of these blogs, the purpose of the […]

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