Blog Posts: Guide/Best Practices OLD

Blogging for Intersection of Linguistics, Language, and Culture NSF REU Site Program 2017-18

I. Program Blog Requirements

  • Post counts and frequency
    • All participants must post once per week:
      • Twenty-six posts total (one per week for the fall and spring semesters of 12 weeks each, so 24 plus two in the summer)
      • Minimum of five must be full-length (300-600 words):
        • Aim for these long posts to be two in the fall, two in the spring, and one in summer
      • The remaining 21 may be short posts, or comments on posts

II. Guidelines/Best Practices for Blog Posts (subject to change as needed)

  • All posts
    • Proofread and edit your posts as much as you can, before you submit them (not like a text or an IM).
    • Make posts constructive, and express differences of opinion in a collegial manner
    • Use terms that are respectful of others, and avoid using descriptions that stigmatize individuals or groups based on social status, dialect, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc.
    • This blog is private, so don’t be afraid to make mistakes! We all have more to learn, at every stage of our careers
  • Long posts
    • Suggested Topics:
      • Write a detailed reaction to—or a summary, critique, or analysis of—a “language in the media” link from our website that interests you
      • Summarize an academic talk you attend
      • Give a detailed update on your research project
  • Short posts
    • Suggested Topics:
      • Write a brief reaction to—or a summary, critique, or analysis of—a “Language in the Media” link from our website that interests you
      • Describe a problem you are having in your research, and ask for feedback or resources
      • Describe an achievement or moment of success in your research
      • Share links to language sciences talks, events, and articles of interest
  • Comments
    • Suggested Topics
      • Ask questions about something that is unclear, or something that interests you
      • Share articles, talks, or links that are related to the student’s post or comment
      • Comment on what you like about the post
      • Share what you learned from reading the post
    • Respond in a substantive way, posing comments or questions that enhance the discussion, or help create/move forward an academic conversation.
    • When you are not the first person to post in response to the topic, make sure your comments provide evidence of having read prior comments from your fellow participants (i.e., do not simply repeat or rephrase what someone else has already said; if someone else has said something substantively very similar to what you are posting, acknowledge that person’s post (e.g., “As [so and so] noted in his/her post, …”), to express agreement and expand on it, for example
    • Try to spread response comments around. You should of course comment on posts and comments that interest you, but if you notice that one post is light on comments, consider commenting there instead of on a highly-commented post.



By Jonathan Nissenbaum and Syelle Graves (August 2017)