Blog-to-Book Tools: TnP? Preservation? Portability?

[pullshow] Posted a “test-drive” yesterday of the new Anthologize tool developed, conceptualized, built, hyped (positive connotations-only, please), and released by the “One Week | One Tool” institute funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. It’s a very good tool. Still evolving. With bugs. With hope. Structured to grow. For what it’s worth, I’m impressed. So is that all there is to say about it? Nope. [pullthis]There are three reasons I’m…

August 6, 2010
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The Self-Construction of Public Identity (Blogging, Authorship, and Roland Barthes’s Autobiography, Part IV of IV)

This is a difficult point. To begin with, let’s return, again, to a brief description of how blogs work. So far we’ve covered the prose entries themselves and the metadata structuring the definitions and operations of those entries. There are two additional elements, mostly non-manipulable by a blogs’ readers. Those two elements are the "blog theme" which is also referred to as the visual design, and the author’s "dashboard." A…

February 24, 2010
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The Reader’s Role in the Construction of Meaning (Blogging, Authorship, and Roland Barthes’s Authobiography, Part III of IV)

A blog, though built and maintained by a writer, is an unweildy and restless semiotic object. Once configured, named, and populated with a handful of texts, a blog’s complexity begins to facilitate all sorts of emergences. Writers have habits and preoccupations, blind spots and projects. And as a writer takes on the practice of blogging, he becomes a blogger. And as his entries proliferate, Barthes would suggest that the illusion…

February 23, 2010
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Fragmentation of Texts (Blogging, Authorship, and Roland Barthes’s Autobiography, Pt. II of IV)

One of the most recognizable attributes of blogs is their reverse chronological organization. More simply put, their content (also known as “entries” or “posts”). Bloggers post entries at any sort of frequency they wish. Some bloggers post several times daily. Others post only a few times a week or even less frequently. And most entries are relatively short, usually a couple hundred words, but not often pushing past a thousand….

February 22, 2010
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Blogging, Authorship, and Roland Barthes’s Autobiography (Pt. I of IV)

(I just finished this rough version of a talk I gave on Roland Barthes this week at the Louisville Conference on Literature Since 1900. I want to share it. It’s relevant. About blogging. And I’m sort of a Roland Barthes fanboy lately. I would love to know your reactions. Feel free to share. That said…) Blogs, as a genre, don’t really have an origin. There is no first blog or…

February 21, 2010
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You Want a Blog. You Need a Blog. (with Apologies to the WPA Listserv.)

Despite debates about the death of blogging (Wired.com – The Guardian – ReadWriteWeb – Copyblogger), I’m still in. And I want you to be in, too. I don’t mean everybody (though that would be something cool). I mean scholars in Rhetoric and Composition, or the Digital Humanities, or Writing Studies, or other associated fields. I want to see more bloggers blogging about reading, writing, and critical discourse related to digital…

January 6, 2010
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Site Redesign

Maybe you’ve noticed. Maybe this is your first time here. Either way, I’ve gotta tell you how pumped I am about this latest site-redesign. Whooo Hooo! So first, let me admit that it doesn’t have the same sort of emo-edgar-allan-punk feel that the “black” design had. But I was having some trouble with the site. The white on black text was just too contrasty for me. I’d be reading something,…

November 25, 2009
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Site Redesign

Maybe you’ve noticed. Maybe this is your first time here. Either way, I’ve gotta tell you how pumped I am about this latest site-redesign. Whooo Hooo! So first, let me admit that it doesn’t have the same sort of emo-edgar-allan-punk feel that the “black” design had. But I was having some trouble with the site. The white on black text was just too contrasty for me. I’d be reading something,…

November 25, 2009
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