June 24th, 2014

Well that was intense… was nonstop!

I must say, I’ve never done anything like that before. The synchronous blogging was quite a unique and occasionally , bizarre experience. Before we had started, it sounded like it was going to be miserable, especially how we had to watch the time for the duration of our writing. When I’m on a time clock for writing, I feel great anxiety and get a little stressed out because I feel like I’m rushing my thoughts and ideas. Once we had started though, and I had gotten into the groove of the craziness, words began to just come out of me with a lot more ease, and this was very interesting to me; this kinda relates to how Bill asked us to take notes and trust our hand. It’s true that it still felt a bit hectic during the two hours of writing, reading, commenting, and responding, but because we were so busy during the whole time, the two hours flew on by. At the end, I thought to myself, “Wow, we’re already done…..that wasn’t so bad.” That doesn’t mean I didn’t stand up and walk it off because man did it feel like a workout for my brain. Overall, the experience was well worth it, and my fellow scholars left me some good criticism in my comments. I can’t wait to see what everyone else thought of the experience and I’m just waiting to see where Bill takes the conversation for the class this morning.

Procrastination vs. Being Busy

June 24th, 2014

Yes, it is true that I should have many more posts already on my blog, and I know this. It may seem that I’m just a procrastinator and never seem to get anything done. However, if you as a reader go to my Self Assessment page, I explain that I am extremely busy this summer. I’m not just being lazy….every time I have a chance to sit down and write on my blog, it’s usually around 9:30-10pm after work and of course, my internet doesn’t like to work at night. I myself am a night person and would stay up as late as I want writing and posting on my blog. This can’t happen however, and I have to try to get up every morning super early to do my writing for my blog. When I say that I’m a night person, it true….but what do you think that means of me in the morning? I struggle! I move at a sloths pace and it is very difficult for me to form my ideas, my voice, and compose exactly what I want to say. It doesn’t mean I’m a huge procrastinator! I even bring all my homework to work every time just so that I can try to get some done there. Getting homework done at work on the other hand, totally depends on how crowded the store gets and how well I can concentrate with all the distractions. I also found out that I am not allowed to focus on homework at work, because the Saturday morning that I tried to pull my homework out in front of my boss, he said that I couldn’t do that unless I decided to clock out and then work on my homework. So basically it was one or the other, I show up for work, or I can do homework and he can fire me. I have found out that as long as I never try to do homework Saturday mornings while my boss is at work, I can do homework on the nights that I work when he’s not there and the store is a lot slower. I just want to state that, I know I’m a bit behind on posts for my blog, but I am doing my very best!

Response to Rochelle’s Post from “Writing, Technology, and Teens: Summary of Findings”

June 24th, 2014

Well, here goes the ten minutes for responding to somebody else’s post from their blog. This part of the blogathon is confusing to me, however. Isn’t the comment we leave on their post already responding to them? I feel like I would just repeat everything that I have said in my comment. Oh well, here goes nothing…..

In Rochelle’s post from one of the readings out of Writing About Writing on multimodal composition, she does a good job of expressing certain ideas that she thought of while reading. However, she doesn’t really stick with just one idea, but jumps around a lot. As a reader, it just made it difficult to read and I lost attention.

That’s the best response I think I can give at the moment now that I have already gone over the ten minute mark on this response post.


June 24th, 2014

Fellow Scholars:

Well, I must say I started this blogathon wrong. I thought that I could compose together my blogs of the material we have read, of which I should have already blogged about and of which take much longer than twenty-five minutes to write. Now that I have realized that I can’t try to use this day of synchronous blogging to catch up and do blogs that I should have already completed, I saved what I had started on in my drafts and began this piece to let all of you know. I guess now for the rest of this post, I will talk about my morning so far.

I tried to wake up at 8am so I could get up, eat breakfast, and post blogs before this blogathon and like I planned…..catch up. I didn’t happen to wake up until 8:30am and moved very slowly. By the time I had showered, cleaned the kitchen, and eaten breakfast, there was no time to post anything before the synchronous blogging (of which I’m calling the blogathon, if you haven’t noticed). I am now very prepared for the blogathon now, although I realized that writing about the four texts we read on multimodal composition would take me much longer than twenty-five minutes. This has been my morning so far and I will have better posts to come. Hope all you fellow scholars are doing well this morning and are enjoying the activity of synchronous blogging!

All the Best,

Erik Sortland

Logging In!!!

June 24th, 2014

Here we go!!!! Blogathon…..chillin here at my house ready to go…….logging in a little early but, oh well. I can feel the words flowing out of me…..hopefully.

The Outdoorsman Inc.

June 23rd, 2014

The other day I ran into a guy at Garden Swartz where I work, and I don’t really know how this came up, but, he happened to have a blog of his own. It was like as soon as I got it out of him that he had a blog, he had so much to say about it and was genuinely excited about it. His blog was the, and it’s a site for people that have questions about outdoors stuff and mainly help start up and promote his new store. From talking about his blog, he began talking about other ideas he has and more websites of his; one of which was a website he would sell new or used outdoors gear, like the  Ebay of outdoors gear. I’ve always been curious how making and setting up a website like that where people can purchase things was like, and if it was very difficult to do. After asking him this, he said that creating the website isn’t very difficult at all, but promoting it is. I found this very interesting, and started to think of all the big, well-known websites like Ebay, Facebook, Yahoo, Soundcloud and so on. How was it that they promoted their sites and got themselves huge? Was promotion the hardest aspect for them as well? I’m mostly interested in the answer to these questions because I know that creating your own website can be a very helpful tool for business and other aspects of life in general…..but it was cool to run into someone else and discuss their blog when in class at the moment, we ourselves are creating our very own blogs.

Intellectual vs. Personal

June 17th, 2014

In an article out of Writing About Writing, Emily Strasser responds to another article written by Stanley  Fish where he criticizes that composition shouldn’t be written on anything personal or even interesting at all, but rather work specifically with grammar and the sake of “syntactical and rhetorical” points. Strasser responds illustrating a “Student’s Struggle to Bridge the Academic/Personal Divide.” She explains through personal experience and past teachers that once a writer writes about what matters to them, they write much more passionately and strongly. If professors and teachers make the students feel as though they are important, and that their voice matters, they take their writing more seriously. It’s also interesting to me that Strasser explains the issue at colleges and universities where most students believe that school work and studying are separate from partying. She explains how student’s are amazed by her getting at least six hours of sleep every night and make some time for pleasure reading. Strasser explains how it has gotten to the point that professors just expect for students to be awake all through the night working on a paper and to party all through the night during the weekend. It’s as if a healthy well-balanced lifestyle and studying and partying can’t coexist together. Academics and schools everywhere seem set up for book smart knowledgable students and seem unfit for social and interactive students. I feel as though I see this in my very own experiences of being in school. I will always run into other students whom I know are geniuses and always achieve that A+ grade in all of their classes. Their friends are usually very much the same and if you hear them socialize and interact, it’s like they speak another language to each other. However, when I sit down with them and try to just have a general conversation of which I love to do with everyone, there is always a feel of awkwardness and it’s is much harder to get to know them and get inside their mind and thoughts. Coming back to composition, in my own experiences with writing, when I was in high school I was asked to write about whatever I wanted to, and I could write forever endlessly and happily. When I was asked to write on something specific, I would freeze up and it would be extremely difficult for me to say what I wanted to say. So between Fish and Strasser, I completely agree with Strasser and her thoughts on what is more important for composition and just our well-being and lifestyle. When professors and teachers strive to apply their material with what matters in life, it is those teachers that I respect more, and it is those classes where I apply myself more as well.

Different Post on Learning Outcomes

June 16th, 2014

From the class so far, I’ve already learning quite a bit. The knowledge of knowing what you do not know, is knowledge in itself. This is because this knowledge of knowing what you don’t know can give you the incentive and self direction to research, figure out, and learn what we don’t know. This self directed learning will always keep you moving forward in life and in knowledge, and you won’t have to always rely on others in a time of need. I’ve also learned that it’s very important to know the fundamentals to your goals. If you have a goal but not know what it takes to grasp it, then how else would you achieve it? I’ve also learned that we all learn in a discoursed community, where we all have a common goal, that there are a mixture of beginners, novices, and experts, we all have mechanisms for exchanging information, and that we not only just have access to information, but we are taking up as much information as we can. I have learned to play with language and change things up with the way I use it and perceive it. Lastly, I’ve learned the idea of metacognition, learning how to think about the way I think. Composing myself as to my audience and awareness of the things going on around me, and realizing that self assessment is good. I’ve learned a whole lot so far, and these skills discussed have caught my attention the most.

Post on Learning Outcomes

June 16th, 2014

One of my expected learning outcomes for the COMP 126 summer course are to figure a way out to    better manage my time wisely since the class is moving forward so fast. This means that there is a bunch happening very quickly, and if I don’t learn to manage and use my time responsibly, I will fall behind and not do as well. There is a ton to learn in a short period of time so I must do this to attain the most knowledge possible.

Oh…….Class thus Far……

June 12th, 2014

What fun it has been! There’s has already been so much we’ve learned and discussed in class. In this blog, I will discuss skills I believe I’ve learned to be the most helpful and why I think so. First of all, Bill illustrating that the knowledge of knowing what you don’t know is a very essential idea to know because so many people have trouble with that. Everyone tries to pretend they know things that they really do not. People want to have a sense of belonging and to be apart of everyones conversations. However, when people can be honest with themselves and not be afraid of what they don’t know, then this will give them the self direction to get after it and learn everything that they don’t know. This ties into self directed learning, which is very important for life in general. If you’re not moving forward on your own, then you will forever be relying on people your whole life.

As discussed in the last class so far in this summer course, when having goals, knowing the fundamentals of each and everyone of your goals is…..fundamental! The activity of this was very useful because it was giving us a chance to play with language and learn how to translate ideas and thoughts into ones of your own. It’s this way that I feel more determined in finding my own voice, and really saying what I want to say.

From our amazing class, it is these two skills I believe to be the most helpful and wonderful to know and understand in life and in my writing.