Blogs before yours

Photo credit: “Collages 2016” by Nicolás Valdés is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

When it comes to creating a blog post, the options are limited only by the constraints you put in place. If you can afford the time, attention and imagination, the possibilities are endless.

When you are writing an academic post about an assigned reading, it’s critical that you accurately represent the original text (of course, citing it accurately as well), and it’s important that you stay anchored to the text as you craft your own content. However, once that anchor is in place, you can let the fun begin. Four items to keep in mind:

  • Topic
  • Audience
  • Purpose
  • Voice

Here are some examples of former students who took some creative liberties and had some fun with crafting their blog posts. These are good examples of posts that keep the integrity of an academic post but showcase some individualism and artistic flare.

Here’s an ambitious post about Chapter 2 from a former student. I hope you are inspired by the freedoms she exercised, her message about being true to yourself, and the creativity and effort she included. Voice is really strong in this post.

Here’s another one on Chapter 2 where a student asks, “When do we stop calling it cake batter, and just call it cake?” Read this article to see what point she’s making. Also see how she worked on aestheticising her post! Topic is clear in this post.

And another by a student who focused on the idea of purpose, and dug deeper in to the topic by integrating sections from the text, doing some additional research, and then adding her own examples.

This student applied what she learned right away but putting the concept into action in her post about her favorite Star Wars author.

Finally, this student used a fun feature image to add a humorous twist to his main topic of “audience: in his post.

I’m hoping that these student examples inspire you, motivate you, and help you become the best writer you can be. Keep calm and continue blogging!

…also enjoy the MEA break. 🙂

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