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March 20, 2011

Is Blogging For You?

There are some good blogs out there - and there are some not so good blogs out there. Have you thought about trying your hand at writing your own blog? Here's a great one-stop source for...

...everything you might need to either develop and write your own blog or write for someone else's blog. Either way, writing a blog is good practice writing and an excellent way to develop your public voice.

If you want to get a view of the working possibilities out there, an excellent place to start is at the problogger website right here - http://jobs.problogger.net/.

There are several websites that will guide you through the technical aspects of blogging, but the real key is good writing. Pick something you are passionate about, something you can write about at least a couple of times a week somewhat indefinitely.

I enjoy writing a blog, but there's really only a couple of subjects I could write about; words and music. Since I am a total word-nerd, writing about words is easy and enjoyable. I'm thinking about putting together a music blog but I need a clearer focus since there are so many music blogs out there. But if you, or any of your friends might be interested in a music blog, think about all the cool music videos you could have links to.

Since this blog is primarily about words and language usage, that is my obvious focus, but sometimes I want to share something that might not be so directly related, but has something to do with current issues.

For example, since nuclear energy has been so much in the news lately, I thought I would share this short Youtube video on the history of fossil fuels - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJ-J91SwP8w&feature=autofb.

A blog with a focus on current events through the eyes of your friends or students might be a fun project. For an overview and some details on the history and influence of blogging, you just can't do better than Wikipedia. Check it out here - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog.

In other words, I like up bring ideas or experiences to generate discussion.

Send us any links or other resources that you think any teachers, students or even just regular people might find interesting or useful. Let us all know about words that make you crazy, aspects of language and expression you find challenging, and be sure to let us know what it is about English and language learning that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.


About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, USA and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA, USA). Morf is currently a radio host (http://www.tacoma.fm/) a newspaper columnist and a teacher of English at the college level. And, as much as Morf loves writing this blog, he is always open to other opportunities either blogging or teaching. You can contact him at mmorf@mail.com.

Posted by mmorf at March 20, 2011 09:16 PM


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