week 2 – thursday

Today’s Agenda:

  • Housekeeping
  • Links: the good, the bad and the ugly
  • GeekSpeak: more on RSS
  • Lab: subscribing to an RSS feed


  • Tips on link posts:
    • Catchy headlines should still reflect the content (think SEO).
    • Be careful of ALL CAPS, sell the link in the text of the post. Link posts are usually short and don’t need the “more” tag.
    • Think about the words you select for the link itself. Use words that help readers understand where the link might take them. Avoid “link” or  “click here” as they don’t hint at the actual content of the hypertext resource.
    • Next week we’ll talk about analytical posts.
  • Shout-outs for link posts (headline and content) – CarrieCammy,  Jackki,  Josh,  Krystal,  Maryellen,  Rowdy
  • Shout outs this week to these posts:  Meghan (integrating examples); MarciMegan and  Stephanie (linkage to personal story); Amy, Joshua (reaction to the two discussion readings); Frank (extending ideas beyond the class); Amelia (recap of Countywide Community Forums).



Lab: Subscribing to An RSS Feed

For the lab:

  • Pick a web-based reader (because you can’t install software on the lab computer)
  • Subscribe to classmate blogs (hint: you can add “feed/” to the blog url rather than search for the RSS link -> https://com495.wordpress.com/feed/
  • Take a moment and read and comment on a couple of the featured posts (in housekeeping)

For Next Week

  • Remember – reflective reading posts and subject matter (‘genre’) posts!
  • Commenting on peer blogs is an alternate form of class participation. Especially important if you are not comfortable speaking up in class or if you miss class.
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1 Comment

  1. * credibility
    * if you are reading something and it contains a term you aren’t familiar with, a link could provide you with access to deeper info to the term
    * user error not writer’s responsibility if the reader gets lost
    * references inline are more user-friendly than references at the end of a document
    * when and how much depends on the article
    * can provide backstory
    * can be cluttering/distracting when reading
    * context: complicated stuff you may want to read thru first – surfing or entertainment, who cares
    * hyperlinks stands out from the rest of the article, you might have better recall because different color
    * it doesn’t necessarily mean reading less efficiencies – we need to learn how to consume info in this new space
    * increases curiosity and understanding
    * open link in new window/tab
    * write the piece first and go back and link information second
    * too many hyperlinks – why bother writing


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