Some of you will ask what *time* these final blogs are due, so I might as well be honest: I’m not going to start checking them until Saturday morning. But, I have to be able to tell that these were in on time, so the date-stamp function on your entries is very handy. I’ll accept any blog entries that are date-stamped for Friday, but not for Saturday. So, 12 midnight on Friday night is the cut off point—blog entries submitted after this point will be ignored.
Something fun to distract you from finals, and, also, the reason I discouraged cause/effect papers. It’s too easy to do something like this: http://www.tylervigen.com/
I’ve been skimming through your simple argument using “best” posts and I’ve noticed that quite a few are missing standardizations. Make sure you include this at the bottom of your post (and not in the comments, or I won’t see it) so that you receive full credit for this post.
Ever wonder how blogs get noticed, and attract comments? Do you wonder what that strange “pound” symbol is at the end of tweets or other social media? Have you ever wanted to be “Tumblr famous”?
Hashtags are your answer.
Underneath your blog post text box (where you type or paste in your post) there is a little box that has a small tag symbol that looks a bit like this:
In this box, you can type keywords that would allow Tumblr readers to find your post by subject. For example, in a post talking about how the Radiolab podcast on “Bliss” relates to the NBA, you might have the hashtags #NBAbliss #NPR #NBA #basketball #happiness #radiolab. These keywords or phrases should generally be short so your reader can search for these words easily.
When you put your hashtags in the box, don’t type the # sign—Tumblr will put it in automatically. Separate the hashtags with commas.
In future posts, try to include hashtags, and you might find that your post is seen and commented on by a greater audience.
So, there’s a recent article in the New Republic called “Trigger Happy.” The author argues that the rash of “trigger warnings” on blogs have gotten out of control—they’ve spread from blogs to news media and even college classes! What do you think? Has this trend gotten out of control? Or is this sensitivity warranted in some cases? As a blogger, are there any subjects that you would include trigger warnings for? Any subjects that you would feel limitations on your freedom of speech if I said you had to include a trigger warning for?
I’m loving all the new avatars! This week, I’m focusing on “liking” posts.
On your dashboard, you should be seeing your classmates’ posts as they write them. At least once a week, I skim over the posts, and often I see amazing stuff. If a post catches my eye, I will read it through more carefully. I love learning new things from students, appreciating a well-written passage, and seeing all the creativity!
So, when a post impresses me, I “like” it, or press the heart button next to the post. This shows the author some support and appreciation for his or her hard work.
I want you to do this too! When you see a post you think is awesome, “like” it to show your classmate support.
Also, at this point in the semester, you can “follow” more than just ten blogs if you wish to—you aren’t stuck with following just the ten you picked on the first day. Maybe you heard about a really great blog from a friend, or saw it reblogged here—you can follow these compelling blogs as well.