Documenting Work on the Backstage


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I steal from Alan Levine quite often.

I am most proud of hauling away a backstage blog from an open course he co-facilitated as part of #YouShow15. Then yesterday during #tjc15 folks started asking me about the role of having a back stage blog.





So I wanted to show an example.

Once again stole from cogdog. He posted a final report from #YouShow15. I loved the work, even if it is a horrible slideshow article aka BleacherReport. What I loved the most, Alan’s work was 95% derivative and 100% original. He told a story using the words of others.

I wanted to try my own. So for the final event of #walkmyworld I attempted to make my own. It is a work in progress and you can read about it on my backstage blog.

Why a Backstage Blog?

Digital scholarship doesn’t count at most institutions, including mine. This is our fault. We need to tell our story. I also want to document the digital writing process. I try to document the evolution of my makes from pre-writing through the constant revision.

I also like having a place for quick thoughts Incoherent babble, overuse of alliteration, unfinshed and unrefined ideas.

If we want to be open and digital scholars we need to think out loud.

2 responses on “Documenting Work on the Backstage”

  1. It cannot be called “stealing” when the subject in question was not only freely given away but also pilfered in the same manner. Hmmm here comes another blog post about what word choice implies. It’s not stealing at all. The whole notion of backstage is something I got from Jon Udell’s idea about narrating the work we do. You will have to track him down to trace the crime further back.

    Thanks to you Greg, for not only the energy you have pumped into Connected Courses, The You Show, now DML15 commons. This is how our open system should work.

    I had to look up “Bleacher Report” (have I stolen something of theirs?) That was less a report than an actual presentation format I tried with Brian Lamb. The media is what was shown, all the verbiage and links were left for followup.

    Steal away, steal away!

    1. Yes, I could be accused of using snark in my word choice, but the idea of “stealing” actually more refers back to the work of Henry Jenkins and Poaching which in turn traces back to Bakhtin’s idea of “carnivale.” The term I think was first used by Michel de Certeua and I “poached” it from Stergois Botzakis work in Graphic Novels. The idea is that we travel a landscape of others’ ideas and take what we need.

      In terms of “Bleacher Report” they perfected the practice of slideshow articles to maximize click through rates. It’s basically a listicle broken into X number of pages.

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