Observations after the first couple of weeks…

October 27, 2006 at 4:39 pm 3 comments

Hello

There are a few things I’ve noticed about our class blogging:

Some people in the class are starting to jump in and warm up to the conversations. They are using the comment aspect. Over the next two weeks we can anticipate more than 35 new blog entries. The final due date is November 13. The comment traffic is growing – I hope to see it grow even more over the next couple of weeks.

I’m pleased that many people in the class are using personal examples and using a more casual tone than you used in the business reports you submitted on the same subjects. The personalization makes the entries come alive and we learn about each other and from each other. Let the class know how your topic relates to PR practice or PR trends.

Collectively, we all need to use the spellcheck feature before posting. 

As well,  please remember to post your name after your blog entry. Since we are sharing one blog, it is useful to know who is commenting and who is blogging.

FORMAT ISSUES

The spacing and line and paragraph formatting on WordPress  seems to move around.

More likely, we are inexperienced users who are missing an understanding of how to edit in WordPress. I’m wondering if someone in the class knows how to get the format to look like a typical WORD document? A few times I have made an edit or watched a student make an edit and then when the file is re-saved the edit has not stuck. There seem to be justification errors in some of the entries and when we have gone in to correct these the ‘wonky’ spacing persists.

The spacing on the recommended sources you are including does not seem to “stick” for all entries. Some of the entries collapse together. I hope we figure this out.

Thanks all for your work. I am appreciative of the nerve necessary to post in public, and to peers. I have a fairly large shy streak myself.

Dana 

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  • 1. Megan Zinn  |  October 27, 2006 at 5:48 pm

    Hi Dana,

    I’m really enjoying reading all of the blog entries so far! Some of them are giving me flashbacks to about this time last year!

    Unfortunately, I can’t give any suggestions about the formatting issues. Chris is probably the one to help sort out those difficulties. I’m still a novice at this myself 🙂

    Megan

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  • 2. Shaula Evans  |  November 1, 2006 at 5:34 am

    Dana, I’m not a WordPress user, so I regret I can’t address your formatting issues either.

    I do have a question for you though — are you looking for any particular kind of feedback via comments from PR practitioners reading the blog?

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  • 3. prclass  |  November 1, 2006 at 2:41 pm

    Hello Shaula

    Welcome Shaula and thank you for commenting.

    I am sure the students would love to hear any sort of comment on their topics or on their blogging/writing styles. I have noted in our first eight weeks of class that the students enjoy learning about the diversity of experiences of professional communicators, so if readers have any related work experiences sharing those would be fantastic. Or, if readers have suggested links or websites that you think might interest them based on their topics that would also be appreciated.

    One of the goals of the course is to contextualized that communications is a rapidly evolving and technologically integrated profession. Students need to be prepared conceptually and practically for emergent career fields. Communications occurs in all sectors and the working world is changing rapidly. Some major job sectors are just beginning. Some traditional sectors are collapsing or reinventing themselves. For instance in 1986 most people would not have imagined the computer field/Internet explosion in the 90s.

    Dana

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