I love a new year! It is a time to refresh and jump-start new things or revamp, revise or revisit old things. What I love about teaching is that I get two new years in a year aka the new school year in August and the new year in January. It helps me stay on track! Why am I making you blog? Digital writing matters. As you will discover, it fosters a different community from our face-to-face one.

I created my first blog in March 2011. I didn’t write on it for a year. Then in March 2012, a friend challenged me to join the Slice of Life Daily Writing Challenge and I did. I blogged and commented on a minimum of 3 SOLWC bloggers posts for 31 days straight. I have now completed that challenge for 4 years straight and have worked as the tech support for the past two. I can’t resist a challenge. I do participate in that community throughout the year with their weekly SOL post. This fall, however, I have not been as motivated. Hence this spring, a time for me to rev up my blogging. I then co-crafted a similar challenge for my freshmen with my best-teacher/friend (BFT) where we did a two week challenge with our classes. We even got our dean to participate.

Since May 2012, I kept playing with the practice, first with my graduate students, and then with all my UCF students for past the two years. Each time I learn something new and change it up. Your challenge this spring is to create and maintain a blog and participate in a digital writing community. Our work is to uncover the work of digital writing, the power of a virtual writing community and figure out how this could work with students. Part of your challenge will be setting aside the time to write. Part of your challenge will be letting go of finding the perfect words and the perfectly composed piece. Part of your challenge will committing to responding to others. You will finish. That I do know.

If you don’t know what to write, check out these posts by former students:

Cindy or Brian or Catherine or Janeen or Embree

I assume we should use/create a WordPress account instead of using another blogging platform so it will be easier for everyone to keep track of everyone else.

You can use any blogging platform except the exceptions that I shared in class.

Hello everyone! This post is “Authored” by MrsGriner, but is for Danielle Emde. https://mrsgriner.wordpress.com/

(this is the specific URL for my main page, which is my intro page)

https://youreyour.wordpress.com/2016/01/22/newterritory/

http://manyspicesoflife.weebly.com/blog/introduction

http://manyspicesoflife.weebly.com/blog/introduction

https://teaandennui.wordpress.com/2016/01/22/post-1-intro/ *crosses fingers, hits ‘post’*

I want to comment on your post but I don’t see where! Check your settings and make sure that anyone can post a comment! Anyway, I wanted to hear a little more about that class that is reading the Catcher in the Rye. I heard it was banned from school readings a while back and no one really has tried to bring it back. What’s the deal here? How are the discussions in class?

It is because she did not post her permalink or unique url to the blog. I have fixed it. You can comment directly on her page.

Awesome, thanks!

This is the about page on my blog, it isn’t a post. Hopefully you all can see it. I will be able to make it much better looking once I figure out how to use the settings, and such. https://hoboqueenblog.wordpress.com/about/

https://tinyt0t.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/who-is-tiny_t0t/

https://theblahqueenblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/a-day-in-my-world/

https://brandon0127.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/introduction/ This is my introduction. I’m not sure if I post this correctly either on this site or on my blog so if someone could let me know that would be appreciated. I too plan to make my page more aesthetically pleasing but I’m a newbie.

You did post correctly with your permalink.

Thank you!

https://geekythoughts.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/ello-govna/

Chasidy’s post https://writtenthoughts2016.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/writtenthoughts/

Meisje Connor

http://www.eatthatfrog.net/ucf-blog/eat-that-frog

https://laviebelle5.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/newly-blogger/

Elizabeth Polk under the pseudonym Gar Polky

https://garsnewteachingblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/introduction/

Kaley Labrador: Here is my link to my blog page.

https://labradorlounge.wordpress.com/2016/01/22/who-i-am/

https://pinkycee.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/schedule-madness/

Hello everyone! Here is the link to my page and my intro is right on the homepage https://blissfullywritten.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/bits-and-pieces/

Hello classmates! Here is the link to my first post. I can’t wait to see everyone else’s blogs!

https://missadkinsblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/about-me/

https://jcarcia.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/introduction/ – Jessica Carcia

https://ketsiasthoughts.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/about-me-my-educational-path/

https://dearotherself.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/writing-it-out/

https://suchatimeasthis2016.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/nice-to-meet-you/

Elizabeth Funchess’ intro post!

Check out Bethany’s post here: https://travelwordpress16com.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/french-cafes-beignets/

Check out my blog!

https://iamwomyn.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/im-back/

https://jackyslife.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/about-me

https://jokesterjan.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/introduction/

https://angieduckluca.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/hello-world/

https://thelacespaceblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/welcome/

Here is the link for the intro post:

https://litrippature.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/preface-about-me/

Time for an adventure!

http://hypersleepdialogue.blogspot.com/2016/01/the-blog-writes-introduction.html

The link for my introduction post:

https://renanicoleperez.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/introduction-post/

Here is my revised new link!

https://msmulrooney.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/what-makes-you-you/

https://jrivera1990.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/introduction/

Link for the intro:

https://melinoetheraven.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/intro/

https://exmple277.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/introduction/

https://obsessivecompulsivedisrober.wordpress.com/2016/02/17/a-brief-course-in-me/

Disregard that above post, I finally found the right place on the blog to put my “About me”. It’s here instead:

https://obsessivecompulsivedisrober.wordpress.com/about/

https://offtofindneverland.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/introduction/