Learning about America From Americans Living Abroad

this is a course website for students in English 367.01C at ohio state university, autumn 2004. the creator of the site is the teacher--bob eckhart. this is how i am communicating with my class and how they can communciate with each other.

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I am a teacher at OSU and most of my blogs are intended for my students...for me to post information to them and for them to share information with their classmates.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

check out this blog

this weblog is maintained by one of my professors from law school, doug berman:


it is a great blog and is gaining a national reputation. most importantly, even though the blog is about a highly specialized area of the law [federal sentencing guidelines], this is a very fun blog....just looking at it today i found links to the baseball hall of fame, the movie being john malkovich, and the west coast offense that many college football teams use. the point is that while maintaining a serious blog, my friend the blogger has a LOT of fun and keeps his blog as humorous as his class was....

another cool thing about this blog is that my friend started it months ago, before federal sentencing guidelines were an, uh, "hot" topic...and once they became hot, he was uniquely positioned to speak about them and has made many TV appearances and speeches about this issue across the country.

your goal with your blog #2 should be similar--try to establish a blog that is unique and will be informative and entertaining and will position you as an "expert" on something.......so that, who knows, maybe one day you can gain national notoriety from your blog like doug has. also, this is the kind of project that doesn't have to stop when the quarter stops. in fact, i hope some of you [or many of you in fact] keep your blogs for a long long time....they offer you a chance to make your voice heard to the whole entire world, or more specifically, let's say you want to become a creative writer, you can start a blog which features your poetry or stories, and you can create an audience for your work even if none of the big publishers want to print your poetry and put it in the bookstores. ha! [also, if you want to apply to law school, it would be impressive to tell the admissions committee that you have been paying specific attention to an issue in the law for years and have created a blog about it, etc.]


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