A Blog About a Blog

Bowling Blog

The intended audience for the Go Bowling blog is for people interested in bowling, particularly those who follow the sport or participate in it, because the post advertises an upcoming bowling event in which people can engage in or watch. It is an event with celebrity NFL team captains to garner excitement for the upcoming Super Bowl and raise money for NFL charitable programs such as the Player Care Foundation. The author assumes that the reader has an interest in bowling, and the Super Bowl for this particular post. To engage this interest the writer is very deliberate with his placement of important information, placing the most significant information in the beginning about the actual event and why it is special. He also puts the information about NFL’s involvement in the event in the beginning to attract attention.

 

Cooking Blog

The intended audience for The Pioneer Woman blog is people who like to cook and are interested in acquiring more recipes. The title of the blog suggests that its audience will be female. It lists new recipes and tips on how to cook them, assuming that the reader enjoys cooking and wants to learn special tricks of the trade. To meet this expectation the author explains in detail the process of cooking a bean with bacon soup. The author writes in a conversational voice to relate more easily to the reader, which could be any person who wants to learn how to make a bean with bacon soup. The blogger wants others to see her as knowledgeable and informed on the subject of cooking, but also relatable so that they can identify with her.

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http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/

Education Blog

The intended audience for Mike Rose’s blog is those involved in education. It talks about his own experiences with education and literacy to provide insight for educators into their methods of teaching. The author assumes that readers are educators and value knowledge. To accommodate these expectations, Rose provides examples from his career as a teacher and student. He specifically brings up his example of his interactions with his teacher Mr. McFarland in “On Reading the ‘Great Books’ at Eighteen.” This example makes him seem relatable, as well as gives an informed example of successful education practices that stick with him to this day. He wants others to see him as informed, experienced, and relatable.

 

Each of these blogs share their wish to reach a very specific audience. They all want to reach an online community of people who share their interests or professions so that they can facilitate broader discussion of the content. I assume that my audience in the realm of education discussion will be interested in education practices and methods. I assume that they are intrigued by the prospect of new perspectives and outlooks on education. To meet these expectations I will stay current on my knowledge of education practices, and open to discussion about new ideas. I want others to see me as informed and open-minded.

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Writing Touchstones

6th Grade Writing

In 6th Grade our English teacher provided us with pictures with a single quote below them. They were unfinished thoughts of an artist or writer (I don’t remember which) for which we were supposed to construct a backstory. I recall wanting the sophistication of my writing to match the abstract quote provided, so I began to write, attempting to use vocabulary beyond that characteristic of a twelve year old. I remember feeling awkward, almost uncomfortable as I wrote, like a girl attempting to walk while playing dress-up in her father’s comically large shoes. The feedback from my teacher was very positive and encouraging, which gave me a whole new perspective on writing. I realized that I could try new words and styles, even if I didn’t quite know how to properly use them, and through that process of trial and error I could grow as a writer.

7th Grade Writing

In 7th Grade our English teacher would assign us monthly writing prompts with the purpose of fostering creativity. One prompt was to take the perspective of an inanimate object and describe our interaction with it. I chose a penny I had picked up off of the ground. The story I wrote was very short and silly, but my teacher wrote on it her advisement that I should pursue a career in English. My classmates shared positive comments on the story as well. Having multiple sources of encouragement in writing made me realize that what I wrote could have impact. Even though all I wrote was a fictional piece in response to a creativity prompt I was able to elicit a reaction in my teacher and peers, making me realize that words have power.

College Essays

When applying for college my senior year of high school, I struggled with what I should write about in the application essays. Most prompts ask for stories of adversities and your triumphs over them, but I did not feel that those times in my life expressed who I was. There was one essay question, however, that asked what your favorite place in the world was. To that application I responded with my own epiphany that my favorite place was nestled in the pages of a book, or behind the keyboard of a blank document, or even toiling away on essays for college applications. I realized, when responding to the prompt, that my favorite place was in the boundless realm of words, which to me will forever be an infinite world of possibilities.