You mean we have to write a paper too??

Yup.

burning the midnight oilIt’s not long, and you’ve already hashed out quite a few ideas about it, because you’re developing it from one of your previous blog posts.  How hard can this be?  Have a look at the requirements in Carmen if you have questions, or e-mail me.

(1) Do good research.

Hopefully you have picked up a lot of research savvy from the media assignment and midterm.  Apply it to writing this paper.  Don’t accept things on face value: you must dig.  Be critical of “experts.”  Be wary of your own preconceptions and received ideas.

(2) Write well

You belong to a long and honourable tradition of scholarship.  You should be proud of what you write.  Use the spell checker, for crying out loud. Proofread.

Don’t try to do it all at the last minute, or it will end in tears.

(3) Document your work

You should have APA formatting under control by now.  If not, there are resources in Carmen.

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Why do I need a picture?

You need an image to illustrate your blog post, because it gets people to read it.  Even a simple symbol attracts the eye and gets people to stay on your page longer.  Remember, that’s why you’re doing this.  You won’t have a voice if people don’t listen.

There are a lot of places to find images.  Try the Wikimedia Commons, which allows you to use high-quality images.   You might even think of contributing an image you have made and scanned: you should keep the size small, though, under 512×512 pixels.

illustration: picture

where to find the picture ico

Another easy way to use a picture is to find one on the internet and link to it.  WordPress allows you to do this by clicking on the picture logo in the edit window (at right).  Follow the directions (they’re pretty straightforward) to paste the URL of your target picture.  MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE URL OF THE PICTURE, not just the page it is located on.  Each image has its own url.

REMEMBER: the golden rule of blogging is the same as the golden rule of scholarship.  Don’t steal other people’s stuff!  Always give credit for your picture, either as a subtitle or at the end of your post.

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What’s a permalink?

A permalink is the link that takes people to your post, rather than just to the front page of your blog.  For example, the address of my blog is:

https://ws110s11.wordpress.com

But the permalink to my article is:

https://ws110s11.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/whats-a-permalink/

When you use a permalink, you make sure that people will be able to find your post, even when you have hundreds of posts on your blog.

Permalinks are important in posting references, too.  Always click on the title of the article to open the permalinked version, and take your link from there.  This way you wont be sending people to the front page of the New York Times, with no idea of where to find the article you’re writing about.

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How do I make a link?

A nice clean link makes for a stronger post.

Take this link, for example: it’s useful, but long and clunky looking:  http://www.ywtf.org/YWTF/getdoc/75087a18-dc8b-4654-a89d-83fa57b95d98/General_Statitsics.aspx

You could link it by highlighting it and using the link tool, in the edit bar:     

http://www.ywtf.org/YWTF/getdoc/75087a18-dc8b-4654-a89d-83fa57b95d98/General_Statitsics.aspx

But a better way is to  link to identifying text:

* Please see Statistics on Women and Internet Use for more detailed data.

* As stated in Statistics on Women and Internet Use. . .

* Statistics on Women and Internet Use gives some useful data in support of my argument:

Or, if you’re looking for a more scholarly way to support your arguments, look at the snappy way Tom Buckeye posted his links.

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What do we do now?

Courtesy of Keith Lyons' blog

When you have posted your first blog post, it’s time to get started on the next one.  Blogging is like that.  Always something to do.  Here are some useful tips:

(1) Do you like my picture?  Your blogs will look much better with a picture.  I found this one on Keith Lyons’ blog, and really liked it.  Double-clicking the image in my blog brings up his post; it’s interesting, go look at it!  To use a picture from the internet, use the picture icon (in the edit menu, right next to Upload/Insert) to add the image to your blog.  Notice that I gave Keith Lyons credit for the great picture, and I used the little link icon (tenth icon across, above) to link back to his blog, in case people might want to read it.  If you use somebody else’s stuff, always give them credit.  Try including a link or photo in your next post.

(2) There may be people who are reading your blog who don’t know what articles we are reading.  You should always give a short description of the article, and if you have one, include a link (using the link icon, as described above).  The link to Lakoff is here: http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/467716.html That way, people will understand your references.

I will be reading your blogs, and commenting on them.  If I have something to say about errors in your text, I’ll post that in Carmen, privately.  Remember, you’ll receive your participation mark at the end of the term.  One-third of the of the mark is for regular contribution, the other two-thirds is for the blog itself.  Consider my remarks in Carmen as coaching, to help you get a good participation mark at the end of term.

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WHY are we doing this?

Why are we doing this?Lucas Cranach the younger, Adam and Eve (clipping)

You’ve probably heard of the Wikipedia.  All those people collaborating to produce free knowledge for everyone.  It’s very inspiring.  Does it bother you that 87% of the contributors to the Wikipedia are male?

Are you at all worried to learn that 2/3 of bloggers are male, according to a recent survey on Technorati?

A 2010 survey by the website Internet Evolution established the 100 most influential people on the internet.  How many were women? Eight.

Let’s face it.  Technology is here to stay.  It will have an overwhelming influence on your life.  There are a lot of highly-paid jobs in technology, and digital culture is becoming more and more influential.   Whether male or female, we need to find a way to work together, because when everyone contributes, we have a healthier society. One of the most important things we do in women’s studies is to help our students learn to speak out.  We want  to make sure our students understand that their voice has value.  That’s why we’re doing this.

SO….  Get started by exploring your blog.  Don’t be afraid of it.  If you do something stupid, you can erase it.  It’s YOUR blog.  Can you figure out how to post an image?  That’s a great way to get attention for your post.  Give it a try.  If you can’t, we’ll discuss how to do it in my next blog post.

FOR NOW:

The first thing I did when I got my blog was to visit my dashboard.   I had a good look around at all the things I could do with this blog, but decided to keep it simple.  I want a blogroll of all the blogs in our class.  The first one that was sent to me is
https://gar2585.wordpress.com/  See it in the menu on the right-hand side?  I’d like to add your blog, too, if you send me the address.

To add another student’s blog to your blogroll, do these four things:

(1) Find the dashboard, (top panel, >>my blogs  >>dashboard).   On the dashboard, look in the far left-hand menu bar, choose “links.”

(2) Click “add new” and add the address of the blog.  Look at the other addresses in there.  Do you want to keep them?  Then, click  “add link” on the right hand side (blue button).

(3) Look a little further down, under “categories,” click “blogroll”

(4) Go to the left hand sidebar again, and go down to “Appearance,” fourth from the bottom.  Click on it, and choose “widgets” from the drop-down menu.  Drag the “links” widget into the right-hand sidebar.  That sets up your blogroll for everyone to see.

Then click on the name of your blog, at the top of the page.  It’s a link that takes you back to the main page.

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