Best Blog Assignment

It’s time for me to assess the quality of your blogs, and I want your help.

Write a final blog post that links to your two strongest posts and provide an explanation for each one that explains why it represents your best work.

  • How does it meet the assignment objectives outlined in the “About Blogging” document on Moodle?
  • How does it fulfill the qualities of a successful blog entry that we’ve talked about through readings, class discussions, and POWs?
  • What makes it representative of the strongest features of your blog this quarter?

Post this final entry by Thursday, Nov. 9. Looking forward to revisiting your best work!


Week 8 POW

I’m being a little indecisive this week and choosing two bloggers for POW. Their posts are similar and complement each other–and our discussions–nicely, so it make sense to feature them together. Both Jack and Kiana reminded us this week that viral content is about all kinds of content–not just visuals.

In “The Sounds of Viral Videos,” Jack (after he’s done Rick Rolling us) links to some fun examples of the music that has gone viral itself or helped other memes go viral. Just think back to that Hamster Dance song–so catchy! As Jack notes, this catchiness often translates into social currency:

The New Yorker article we read in class says “you need to create social currency—something that makes people feel that they’re not only smart but in the know.” Songs are the perfect example of this. If you can recognize a song thats going viral, or even better if you can sing part of it, you can show that you are completely in the know.

In her post “Sick Dance Moves,” Kiana adds dance moves to this list of what makes us “in the know.” In fact, as she points out, dances have their own criteria for going viral:

CEO of DanceOn, Amanda Taylor launched DanceOn in 2011 with the intention of increasing popularity of music videos through dance.

Taylor has discovered 5 things that make dances go viral.

  1. A catchy song
  2. Dance moves that are challenging enough to be fun but easy enough for the public to copy
  3. The song “queues” up the next move by mentioning it lyrically
  4. The video for the song has to go into the dance moves right away
  5. The dancers look like they are having fun

She’s quick to note that some of these things fit nicely with the 6 Things we talked about in class.

Thanks for adding to and complementing our understanding of what content goes viral. Just don’t make me dab again!

Final Project Teams

For each team, I’ve also designated someone to be the team leader, based on additional suggestions for Project Managers. That person should be in charge of keeping the group on task, both inside and outside of class, and working with the Project Managers to make sure the group’s work complements the work of the class as a whole.

  • Project Manager: Lindsey and Linde
  • Facebook: Toby (Team Leader), Billy, Cobi, Jack
  • Blog: Anne (Team Leader), Abby, Patrick, Kyle, RT, Omar
  • Infographic: Jason (Team Leader), Seth, Steven, Anna
  • Videos: Kiana (Team Leader), Navin, Daniel, Shangbao
  • Social media: Alissa (Team Leader), Nigel, Hailey, Bruce

Ryves Up! Background Information

Our client for the final project will be Dr. Mark Minster’s Ryves Up! program. In the past few weeks, Rose-Hulman has been promoting Dr. Minster’s work. I will continue to add stories and posts here that might be useful as we learn more about our client, his program, and his needs.

External Stories
Rose-Hulman story with video

Trib Star story

Internal Resources
Ryves Up! Facebook Group

Ryves Up! WordPress Page

Blog 6 POW

There were some fantastic posts this week reflecting on digital death (like Lindsey’s post on FB death etiquette) and confronting what’s real and what isn’t online (check out the infographic on Nigel’s post).

This week’s POW brings those two themes together in a creative (and slightly creepy!) way. Anne’s post “Dearest” is written as a series of emails, pulling in our conversation about email being more emotional than voicemail. While it appears that’s the primary content of Anne’s post, like a lot of things on the internet, not everything is as it seems. We figure out as we read that the emails are written to the bot of the dead person, drawing on the “Dead IRL” episode we watched.

On Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 1:45 PM, Anonymous <> wrote:

My love,

I believe in you. You can conquer anything. Just always trust yourself and don’t worry too much about what others think.

Yours always

On Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 1:31 PM, Boxeth, Anne Marie <> wrote:


The thing is can I even trust myself? How do I know if I can be having this conversation? Is this helping or hurting? Where is the line between maintaining a memory and obsessively keeping you alive?

Not only does Anne blur the line between reality and fantasy–as those bots certainly do–but she also reminds us that there are very real feelings at stake in these interactions. She’s helping us ask the big questions: what happens to mourning, grief, and moving on in our digital world?

Blogs 4 and 5 POW

We skipped a week of POW for break, so this week, I’m going to feature the two most recent posts from Linde, our blogger of the week. By looking at two of Linde’s posts together, we can see how she uses some consistent strategies to keep her blog feeling like a natural conversation–and one that people want to respond to.

You’ll notice in her posts The Ghost and #TeamPenAndPaper that Linde uses several techniques to create a personal conversational style, including sharing her own experiences and perspectives and asking lots of questions of her readings to prompt their thinking and commenting. Those questions are especially effective at the end of a post, like #TeamPenAndPaper, but also work well sprinkled throughout to keep readers engaged.

One other strategy that Linde uses is to use short paragraphs–often just one sentence–to grab our attention. Here are two examples:

So, I fudged the instructions a little. Instead of deleting the app (because I don’t know my password and resetting it is a pain) I just told myself I wouldn’t open it all day. And I stuck to that.

Okay, I had to open it once to make sure I kept up my 489 day streak…sorry but this assignment isn’t worth ruining that!

So because I didn’t delete the app, I still received notifications. So I could look, but not touch.

And it was horrible.

I was stuck on a bus for over six hours, and I couldn’t communicate via ugly pictures of myself or get my daily Cosmopolitan, DailyMail, Buzzfeed, and People articles. How else am I supposed to know which of the Kardashians is pregnant today?


In The Art of Live-Tweeting, Christopher P. Long, a Philosophy Professor, states “I live-tweet for the same reason I take notes, it heightens my attention, forces me to become an active listener, and creates a record of ideas and resources for future reference.” So in essence, live-tweeting can be thought of as interactive note taking.

So in class, we put this “interactive note-taking” to the test, as Dr. Summers ironically gave a lecture on live-tweeting.

In both cases, the short sentences add to the informal, conversational vibe of the post. They also work well in an environment where we’re used to scanning and skimming to grab our attention with something we can read quickly. Try it out this week and see how it works for you!