“The Blog”

I am curious if other educators have heard this from students newly introduced to weblogs- from the interviews I did last week for a photoblogging presentation and at other times, I have heard more than one student refer to a blog hosting web site such as TypePad, Blogger, Buzznet, as “The Blog”– like it were a singular entity (or a movie monster), e.g.

“The first time I was introduced to The Blog I was thinking….”

We started using The Blog in our english course to write reflections…”

Maybe it is just my failing memory, but it seems recurrent, and seems to symbolize that a student’s experience with one particular blog site becomes in their mind, everything there is to blogging. Maybe it is juts a phase. Maybe it is a nice short hand.

Coming to a neighborhood near you… THE BLOG!!!!!

On a side note, the Breezed version fo my PhotoBlogging presentation got finished in one day– well much of the graphics and Powerpoints were done the day before, but yesterday, I got all of my sound recorded, edited, and assembled for a 45 minute show. Too long, again. It might have taken less time- I did all of my recording, or thought I did, but somehow, it got lost in the wind, so got a second chance to record myself.

I also had about 30 minutes of audio interviews with four students and one instructor to edit down. I use my Canon DV-1 camera to record with a lavaleer microphone, no video, just the audio. For quick and dirty, I digitized clips and assembled in iMovie, exported via QuickTime as .wav files that Breeze likes.

Also noted, I now can easily identify what “umm” looks like in waveform– I must have plucked out about 50 of them from my own recordings:

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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at CogDogBlog.com on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person.


  1. Just remove that set of statements from the CSS file and you get an ordinary bulleted list.

    or just leave it empty:

    .rss_items {


  2. Completely unrelated to this current topic… did you ever get Aaron’s RSS2Email thing working? Just wondering what your thoughts on it are?


    –sam (you can hit me back via e-mail)

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