Blog Posts and Comments

You will set up a blog and, each week, in response to the reading and/or videos, you will write c. 400-500 words on a blog. You will also, on a weekly basis, write comments on at least two of your classmates’ blogs posts.

You can set up a blog on just about any platform (except for Tumblr or, it also turns out, WiX). I recommend one of the following: UBC Blogs, WordPress, or Blogger. Feel free to customize your blog in any way you fancy: make it pink! Upload cat pictures! It’s all good.

If you want to use a blog that you have already set up earlier (whether for personal reasons or for another class), that’s fine, too, though you will have to a) tell me that this is what you are doing and b) mark your posts for this class with the “tag” or “category” “last100.” (See below for more on tags and categories.)

By September 14th you will have 1) written a first, short, post introducing yourself to the class and commenting on some of the previous student videos and 2) sent me (at the address of your blog. By some magic of the Internet, I’ll then arrange things so that your blog posts show up here, on this site.

You should write your weekly blog posts, commenting on the reading or viewing, by Monday night at 11:59pm at the latest. Your aim with these posts is to spark discussion. Tell us about what you noticed, what you found interesting, what you liked, what you disliked what you found puzzling, what you want to talk about in class. Make connections with other weeks’ readings or viewings if you wish, or with other examples or things that you have noticed about Latin America. Each blog post should also include one question that you want us to discuss collectively.

These posts and questions are not graded for quality, or even for grammar or spelling etc. Write them quickly, as soon as you are done with the reading or viewing! The point is to get some first ideas and impressions down, while the texts are still fresh in your mind, and to begin preparing for in-class discussion.

I would like you to use “categories” and/or “tags” on your posts: you should use categories according to the week (e.g. “Week one” or “Week four”). You are free to choose your own tags, but it may be helpful to keep in mind the list of key concepts, or to look at the “tag cloud” that’s on this and every other page of the website (to the left).

You then should write comments on at least two of your classmates’ blogs posts. These comments should be added by Wednesday night at midnight.