D. Walker
Wednesday, 31. July 2002
Self-publishing

I really like the idea of "self-publishing" as a writing/literature class experience. I just read someone who coigned the term, and I haven't given it a lot of thought, but it seems to get at what I think I want from weblogs. Without having used weblogs in the classroom yet, I have this feeling that they will facilitate more "immersion" in the writing process. How will students feel about this publishing? It will certainly make the publishing part of the writing process more real. Publishing to date has been little more than sharing with a writing group or the whole class (which is not insignificant), but it has not facilitated the interaction about writing that I hope for. Adolescents are dancing, moving around each other, trying to find their place, and it is a huge risk for many to appear interested, let alone smart. It is also a huge risk for them to make public suggestions about a piece of writing. At the very least, it is harder for some than others.

So this is what I'm thinking:
First, the glass is separated into writing groups for both class and weblog purposes. Having discussed and practiced conferring and revision, each member of the group posts her piece to the group weblog. Then each member of the group reads the pieces and give written feedback in the comments section that each writer can use in the revision. Then the writer can post the piece to his own site. As part of his own site, he would a place for reflection about the process as part of his portfolio.

The more I think about this process, the more it seems to mushroom. The possibilities are exciting. I have to remember to take this one step at a time, let it grow carefully.

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Friday, 26. July 2002
Oi!

Once I create a story, how do I get it to my home page? What I've written doesn't seem to get there. Oh, the pain!!

I seem to be having trouble logging out as well. I've missed something along the way. I feel like such a lubber!!! Well, let's have at it.

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Have I Landed Yet, Again?

Getting here was easy enough. The writing is fun as well. The question is how to get theya from heya!? This is all so new I'm not sure what the next step is. There is no post direction, so I'm not sure what I'm writing is getting to the site. How does that work? One or another I reckon! OOps...It's as simple as "save"! Cool!

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