Check out Welcome to American by Faiqa from Native Born. This is a good example of a post that incorporates setting/place to reveal character.
Here is a list of the Voices of the Year award winners from BlogHer 2010. Check them out for examples of great writing and blog design!
Bill Colgrove for the MamaPop site design
Calliope for the Creating Motherhood masthead
Katherine Center for the KatherineCenter.com site design
Krystyn Heide for the GwenBell.com site design
Laurie Smithwick for the Leap Design logo
Maria Melee for the Unfinished Dad masthead
Nap Warden for the Full of Snark masthead
BlogHer 2010 Community Keynote DESIGN Presenters:
Jill Smokler from Scary Mommy showed the process behind her self-designed blog logo
Roxana from Everyday Treats shared how she redesigned her blog
Stephanie Roberts from Picture of Hope showed and read about the Pictures of Hope project.
Amy Tucker: I Miss Gaming
Ann Imig: What To Expect: Your First Blogiversary
Cabinessa: I Love Country Music
Cecily Kellogg: Thin-Skinned and Proud Of It
Celeste Lindell: How Average Jane’s Brain Works
Dawn Rouse: Teacher Thoughts
Eden Riley: Blogging Out Loud
Elizabeth Kate Switaj: Lady Gaga, Pop-Absurdity and Telephone
Jenna Hatfield: The (Non)Lament of the Mommy Photographer
Juliet Terzieff: New Media: The Good, the Bad, and the Downright Ugly
Kate from The Urban Primate: Real Science
Kate Bladow: My Name is Kate & I Am a Listener
Kristen Howerton: Social Networking: Sucking Time, Saving Lives, and the Gray In-Between
Mardi from Eat, Live, Travel, Write: Graine de Macarons!
Megan Hook: The 140
RJ from Vampire Vocab: BlogHer: There really isn’t anything I can say to describe it. Really.
Veronica Arreola: Does Science Ever Trump Human Lives?
BlogHer 2010 Community Keynote GEEKY/NERDY Presenters:
Liz Henry from BadgerBag read What Is Geek
Liz Rizzo from Everyday Goddess read Phone Karma
Sarah Kimmel from Tech4Mommies read Online Scams, Chains and Hoaxes
Alice Bradley: Oh, six-and-half-year-old–you always know what I’m REALLY saying
Climb To Nowhere: Naked on the Subway
Dingo from As I Was Saying: Cookie Monsters
Holly Burns: Spoiler Alert: We’re Still Alive
Jessica Bern: Biggest Loser, Any Chance You Think This Could Happen?
Kami Lewis Levin: Chewbacca Brings All the Boys to the Yard
Katie from Overflowing Brain: P.S. I Love You Too
Liz O’Donnell: FTC Regulates the Red Carpet
Lorrie Watson: A Guide to the South
Luvvie from Awesomely Luvvie: Dear BET: I Quit You
Morgan Shanahan: Mazel Tov, 13-Year-Old Me
Mrs. G from The Women’s Colony: Lori
Neil Kramer: Dear Vivian
Queen of Everything: How I Tried To Sell My Panties Online
Suburban Kamikaze: An open letter of apology to my future daughter-in-law
The Checkout Girl: Target Sells Useful Things. Like Immortality.
Willam from Poop and Boogies: Turn On
BlogHer 2010 Community Keynote HUMOR Presenters:
Amy Windsor from The Bitchin’ Wives Club sang The Popular Blogger
Marinka from Motherhood in NYC read Fantastic News!
Metalia from Metalia performed Twilight: New Moon Rap
Alex Iwashnya: WARNING: Don’t Read If You Quit Smoking Yesterday
Alicia Kan: March 26, 2010: Alicia Kan
Amy Storch: The Friendship Jungle
Angella Dykstra: My Side Of The Story
But Why Mommy: What It’s Like
Carmen Staicer: Don’t Borrow Trouble, for Trouble Will Find You Easy Enough
Chrstine Miserandino: The Spoon Theory
Holly Renee: (Un)Damaged
Kelli Best Oliver: Her Story
Kelly Wickham: I‘m Black Irish And I’m Proud
Momo Fali: Into the Light
Raisa from My So-Called Feudal Life: Diary Entry #7 – Honor Killings
Stacey from Any Mommy Out There: Matching
Sue Wagner: Baby Girl
Suzanne Reisman: Yom Hashoah
Tracey Gaughran-Perez: Wonderwall
Tracy Zollinger Turner: Mean Girl, Reconsidered
BlogHer 2010 Community Keynote LIFE Presenters:
Deborah Goldstein from Peaches and Coconuts read Divorce Is So Gay
Faiqa from Native Born read Welcome to American
Karen Green from The Kids Are Alright read Miami
Alex Iwashyna: Prayer Changes Me And Even The Atheists Say Hallelujah
Britt Reints: The Power of Rich White Folk and Why Gandhi Was Only Half Right
Christy from Transplanted: Perky Breasts Won’t Fix Your Life. Really. They won’t.
Country Fried Mama: On Writing Well in the Blogosphere
Deb from I Obsess: Top 10 Reasons Bloggers are Strippers
Genie Gratto: A Healing Garden, and An Affirmation
Joanne Bamberger: An Open Letter to the New York Times About Mom Bloggers, Women Writers & the Universe
Kate Inglis: Top Ten Ways to Find Inner Peace
Kelli Oliver George: Pissing off people Left and Right
Kelly Russell Donner: Fauve
Kim Pearson: Why Black History Month Still Matters
Loco YaYa: Lunch With Death
Megan from The Terrys: Lisanga
Burgh Baby: The Trailer Trash is Furious
Sharon Casey: No Need for Refugees in the Modern World!
Siobhan Connally: No Babies Are Saved in Killing of Doctor
Yoani Sanchez: In the Corridor of Those Condemned to Stay
BlogHer 2010 Community Keynote OPINION-EDITORIAL Presenters:
Jason Mayo from Outnumbered Online read Valentine’s Day Is a Greedy Whore
Lissa Rankin from Owning Pink read What? We Can’t Say Vagina?
Susan Niebur from Toddler Planet read In the Name of Awareness
I am arranging end-of-semester conferences next week if you want to meet one last time to talk about your blogs. This is totally OPTIONAL. I’ll e-mail you grades to you, so you don’t need to meet with me to get those. But if you want to chat, I’d love to see you!
Please sign up for one of the below conference times by responding to the time you want in a comment to this post. Be sure to check the other comments to make sure your time isn’t already taken. Let me know if there isn’t a time that works for you – I have flexibility on Wednesday.
Monday, Dec. 13:
Wednesday, Dec. 15:
Shutterfly is running a promotion where bloggers can get 50 free holiday cards if they write a post about their favorite holiday card designs. Sign up here.
Thanks for the tip, Felicia!
Click here to read an article that appeared in the New York Times about Squinkies, a hot new toy that was propelled to popularity by mommy bloggers. Bloggers have power!
Isolate a single room or outdoor place that, to you, forms the most essential place of childhood. Write down every element of the place you can remember, quickly, with as much detail as possible. What were the patterns of the things you see? Are they old or new? Which odd details do you remember (e.g., a gargoyle-shaped knot in the wood, a gray rug with a dark stain the shape of Brazil, etc.)? Now fill in an emotional tone for each detail: did the wallpaper make you feel safe, or frightened? What were your favorite things in this place to look at? Your least favorite? Why? What felt “yours” and what felt “other?”
Assemble these specifics into a post about how this place shaped you emotionally. Through detailed descriptions of the place, reveal the emotional landscape of your childhood. In this piece, setting should function like a character, taking on human-like qualities (for example, the setting might represent the optimism of youth, or teen angst, etc.)
Either paste a link to your post in a comment here, or if you do not want to post your exercise, paste it in its entirety in a comment here.
For this week’s online activity, choose one of the “The Body of Memory” exercises that I distributed in class and write a post, using the exercise as a prompt. You can download a copy of the exercises from the “files” section of Basecamp. Paste the post in a comment here, or post it on your blog. If you choose the latter, paste a link to the post in a comment.