4. Writing a Personal Blog entry
Part I: Considering the wide range of possible topics for a personal blog entry, as seen in Mary Anne and John's journals, draft an entry of your own to hand in. Remember that a personal blog typically ranges widely in topic, so imagine this entry as part of a series in which the reader has been getting to know you and your interests. No need to write an 'introductory post' at this point -- instead, try dropping in 'in media res', as it were.
You can be as revealing (or not) as you like; think about your own comfort levels, social prudence, etc. Obviously, I'll be reading the final entry, but you could imagine, for example, that you were writing the blog under a pseudonym, if there were things you'd be comfortable saying to me, or a stranger, that you wouldn't say to family or employers. (Although as we've discussed, no anonymity is ever guaranteed on the internet.)
Blog Entry Length: anywhere from 250 - 2000 words
Part II: Write an accompanying analysis, in which you consider a) what you were trying to communicate with your entry and b) what literary / structural / etc. tools you used to reach the reader. Remember that every blog entry is deliberately crafted -- even when they seem very informal, the writer is making choices about their language, choices about how they can best communicate their ideas to society.
Analysis Length: 250 - 500 words