Hiya folks, I just want to remind you all that you should be posting to your personal blogs regularly. I usually try to give some feedback on the writing and the overall shape your blogs are taking and some of you only have one post on your site!
Do a couple of things for me:
1) Think about ways that you can incorporate more multimedia into your posts. The ability to embed videos, to link to other interesting sites, and the addition of photos makes blogging far more interesting for all of us than your typical double spaced papers in the form of a Word doc. Think of your blog as your own creative endeavor. Here are a few Alaskan writers who have blogs that you might find interesting:
Sherry Simpson’s site (not a blog but you can get a feel for the visual appeal)
Heather Lende’s blog (this is a really interesting one to keep up with)
David Crouse’s site (also not a blog, but visually interesting)
There are plenty of others, and these are not necessarily the best examples of what blogs or websites can be, but think about your own blog in the context of other published Alaskan writers.
2) If your blog posts aren’t showing up under “Student Blogs” in the menu above, please email me and let’s make sure it does!
3) If you’re quoting and citing extensively in the comments of these discussion pages, don’t be afraid to back off a little on that part and add in some of your own reflections and ideas. Part of being a good reader is the ability to contextualize what you’re reading with what you already know. Save the quotes and citations for the midterm!
Your Discussion question:
I’m interested to know what you all think about the idea of “Wilderness” in Alaska. How close are you to it? Is it out your back door? Do you have daily interactions with it? What do you think of those who come to Alaska unprepared to “commune with nature”? Do you think those who are unfamiliar with Alaska have a skewed perception of what wilderness is?