Thursday, April 26, 2007

A Blogathon Index

If you're curious as to what's going on blogathon-wise, or you want to drop a mention to someone trying to put together a list, you should so stop by Weepingsam's blog The Listening Ear and give a shout out.

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Blogger Mama Vengeance said...


April 26, 2007 12:18 PM  
Blogger johanna said...

in the film blog world, it can be a little hard to keep up with all of the writing and people involved. one way to share that we've found is to host blogathons on some topic and people join in from all over to add one or more contributions to the mix.

it's kind of a social thing, but through writing.

it helps keep us from falling off the face of the earth, basically, because very few film bloggers are what you might call "famous."

April 26, 2007 12:44 PM  
Blogger Mama Vengeance said...

I get it. Kind of like a virtual Writers' Group (but not a Virtual Writers' group).

April 26, 2007 6:10 PM  
Blogger johanna said...

ha ha...yeah, pretty much.

a lot depends upon the 'thon: is it more cerebral (like the Unspoken Cinema, which dealt with non-narrative movement in film) or more emotional (like last Valentine's Day's Lovesick Blogathan, which was supposed to be a look at why so many male filmmakers make films about lovelorn matters) or just plain silly...

I find a lot of great conversations can be sparked, the kind that result in a wonderful bloom of posts all around, and I had kind of hoped that our class might get to that point, but we kind of got derailed. I can't even tell you how disappointed I was when, at the very beginning of class, I had set up that message on the message board asking everybody to drop in their URLs so that we could get the ball rolling,,,and people actually responded (which was great)

...but then our prof felt the need to set up a new site with links that didn't even work and any bit of cohesion we might have had as a group just splintered from there. too bad.

but i think that you and josh, especially, did a good job of keeping things conversational and interesting. lee's conservative viewpoints leave me cold, but i had fun talking to him, too.

i have another year of school left myself. i'm going to miss y'all : )

April 26, 2007 7:29 PM  
Blogger Mama Vengeance said...

Good luck with school, and then on to grad school in Sydney, is that right? How exciting!

Lee, just like his politics, is self-centered.

I have enjoyed (and gained from) my conversations with you and Josh and others. And yes, I'll miss you too.

I was surprised at how much warmth an online course could generate. I only took one onliner before and no one even showed up for the scheduled web sessions. I never knew any of my classmates. Here, I have a real sense of the people in the room. It's good.

April 26, 2007 8:39 PM  
Blogger johanna said...

That's too bad that your previous online course experience wasn't what it might have been. There definitely is a great component of online discussions that you don't necessarily have in face-to-face discussion.

People tend to feel more appreciated because someone had to take the time to read before responding. And you can see a discussion more in-depth and really delve into in a way that often doesn't happen in a typical classroom. When people pay attention and lock into something that they care about, it can be really somerthing.

We had that happen a few times last semester in the honors seminar course here, which had on online component to it...basically, after the class was over twice a week, we would get online and continue our discussions. It was pretty cool.

Yeah, Sydney hopefully. We'll see. Something could change with the local film scene here that might make me stay, but it's only a year long master's program either way...good luck to you. Are there any jobs on the horizon? Anything that you've been looking into or thinking about? It's all so very exciting.

April 26, 2007 9:32 PM  
Blogger Mama Vengeance said...

Johanna, I don't want to dash your young enthusiasm with my sordid tale.

I am presently an administrative assistant. Although I have invested much to earn a degree, I am a grateful recipient of my company's tuition reimbursement plan. Hence, the business major ... it's what they will pay for.

At 54 years old, I don't even believe in such a thing as a perfect job. I just know that I have a limited time to earn as much money as I can, and I got off to a very late start. Now that my husband is disabled, our financial future rests more heavily on me.

Sure, I would love to have a job where my skills and intelligence are valued, where my abilities are respected, and where I can actually enjoy my work. But the truth is, I will work wherever I can earn the most money.

I'm really just a 'ho.

April 29, 2007 3:36 PM  
Blogger johanna said...

You could be a 'ho, but really, I think we both know that the important question is, are you nappy-headed?

Funny that you mention your age, though. My mother was 54 when she finally earned her PhD (which was 11 years in the earning) and another two years after that to land a tenure track position at Penn State-Harrisburg.

Never say never, Mama...

April 30, 2007 9:21 AM  

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