Please write a comment to this post that recommends a blog –to the class– that is on a similar topic to your blog. I have included a few blog lists below to choose from. You will see they come from a variety of sources –NPR and NYTimes Blogs, a Times Best of Blogs for 2011 — and Technorati’s Top 100 Blogs –which is updated daily and a source for many other blogs. Please scan through the lists–visit several blogs– and choose one to recommend to the class. Evaluate as we have been — considering the look, layout, posts, writing, frequency, audience, — but also pay special attention to what we will be calling “Blog Features“ — the use of widgets, banners, Pages, categories, post showcases, lists, calendars, clouds– whatever you notice and find valuable and worth sharing. We will be paying special attention to the “Blog Features” as we workshop our blogs and share more strategies.
Also, you will note that many of these blogs are “professionalized” in ways that may have changed them–or influenced how they “look” and what they do and how they use “Blog Features” to appeal to, attract, and engage viewers. Partially we are exploring different kinds of blogs in your topic area to see what works — and what doesn’t — and what we might bring into our blogs.
Here are the lists:
NYTimes Blog directory
NPR Blog directory
TIME’s Best of the Blogs 2011
Technorati’s Top 100 Blog list
I think it is a good idea to visit each list — if only to scan the variety of categories and topics these blogs cover to see what’s out there. You might be surprised. Maybe a few other blogs even catch your attention…
Let’s aim for 200+ words.
Please add your recommendation as a comment to this post by 10 pm Monday, Jan 30.