I'm lucky enough to teach a course this semester in blogging, or rather 'online creative nonfiction.' I have a course description below, but here's my first question -- if you were going to categorize blogs by subject-type, what do you think are the most important / interesting types? For example, I currently have:
- infertility / adoption
- arts projects
- literary / writerly
Online Creative Nonfiction: From Journal to Blog to Tweet
Perhaps the most common form of creative nonfiction today is the blog -- usually maintained by an individual, ideally offering regular entries, sometimes interactive, and often including other material, such as graphics or video. Since 1994, blogging has exploded in popularity, and has evolved from the original online journal through a variety of forms to its present (and ever-changing) incarnations, including micro-blogging (such as Facebook status updates and Twitter tweets).
This course will combine a history of online creative nonfiction with in-depth analysis of certain sub-genres of blogging (topics may include political, military, infertility / adoption, parenting, travel, arts projects and ethnic-focus). Students will conduct literary analyses of these texts, and also, as an integral part of the course, maintain their own blog throughout the semester; we will consider issues of privacy, liability, danger, memory, and truth-telling within that context.
I like this quote:
"this stuff about irritating husbands or weird rashes or family-friendly holidays, about having kids with special needs or being a single parent or being bored or going to work or staying at home, about whats on telly and what boots to buy this winter and how you dont really feel like having sex isnt necessarily appropriate work chat, or what you want to tell your friends on the rare occasions you actually manage to get away from your children. The problem is, or was, that these questions and thoughts and concerns are also the stuff life is made of. They are both trifling and huge, silly but important, dull but gripping, ephemeral but permanent and universal.
-- India Knight, Sunday Times