Why create an "in-process" post? Well, there is always the possibility that others will chime in on your idea development. Here is an example of an in-process post from another course I taught. Brooke Knutson talked through her research ideas, and another student, Janelle McCune, gave constructive feedback on Brooke's research direction through a good comment.
|Romeo and Juliet in the mall. Flash mob|
organized by Whitney Call
But how about the value of the "in-process" post in the short term? And what kinds of things could go into such a post?
In the short term, the in-process post can benefit the blog author. It's a simple fact that as you commit ideas to language, you get the chance to evaluate and order these ideas. In other words, a way to get out of confusion is to document that confusion.
So, what are some "in-process" kinds of posts?
- Event planning (see an example from Cara Call, who organized a Skype performance of a scene from Shakespeare: proposed in this post; reported on in this post)
- Class notes (see an example from Kristina Cummins)
- Running bibliography ("Books and articles I hope to look up"; See Brooke's post, linked above)
- List of things to post about (Nyssa told me she had so many ideas to blog about and she was frustrated at not being able to flesh them out. I see this as an opportunity, not a problem)
What are some in-process kinds of posts that you've read or written?