Sometimes, when it comes to our academics, scholars can overlook the real emphasis of a class or an assignment. Lets take our blog for example, Bill Mangrum wanted us to take control of our own writing, in more than one aspect. He wanted us to do the most difficult thing of all, he wanted us to critically think. Take a situation and breakdown its’ key ideas and turn over in ones’ mind the thoughts that evolve and grow. This is how we prosper as individuals in our writing.
On November 5, 2014, Bill said something that made this whole class click. He told us to ponder on the idea that this blog, is just like a paper in the academia world. There is a header, that introduces who we are to the audience, and helps display our intended audience. The title which would be the page on the blog, gives a brief description of what the reading will be on. The body of the paper would be the writing, and the conclusion would be in the last bit of the paper. The last bit that amazes me the most is the citations. By which we can hyperlink to a direct source, showing that we took the time to do the research. Maybe we should look at this in a deeper context.
As we compare the two even closer, you can see that the actual formatting is similar as well, not considering margins of course. In MLA format, the header is located in the upper left corner listed in this manner: Name, Who your writing for( in the case of MLA Format, Instructor, the Blog is our Major), Course and last the Date. This is a great presentation, but the blog post header seems to be almost the same.
The title is one of the most crucial elements to a blog or a academic paper. This should be a shock and awe component, that draws a reader in. It has to be catchy, but not to revealing.
As we compared the Blog to the MLA format title, we can see that both titles are centered, and are easily readable. Though they might not intrigue us, they may appeal to an appropriate audience.
Like any piece of writing, the body contains the majority of the text. Okay, I lied, I’m pretty sure the whole entire text, apart from the conclusion, is the body. This is where an author tries to get his or her point across, while compiling evidence to help sway the reader their way. The only real difference is that the blog is online, while the paper is actually in your hands. To me this is the only real difference in the body.
(For those that don’t know, this is how a book opens)
Simply, this is usually the ending of a academic paper or a blog. Would usually consist of a brief summary of the paper, restating your thesis, and leaving questions that you didn’t think about during your research. The end result is contributing to the world of knowledge in your own perception, which results in further questions to be answered. Both a blog and and a paper follow this guideline, though one might be a bit different.
Composition 250 with Bill Mangrum is the perfect example of how teachers can take the technological world around us, and bring it in to the classroom. Bill is trying to get us ready for when papers become obsolete, and our communication becomes more reliant on technology. This also helps us in the future to be familiar with tasks related to our majors. Most jobs revolve around informing consumers or customers with information about certain things. The task of blogging gives us knowledge that we will be able to use not only now, but for the rest of our lives. But then again, I could be perceiving this all wrong.