Student blog will win $10,000 Scholarship

One blogger chosen by “the internet” will win $10,000 US scholarship … for keeping a blog.

As the ratio of high school student blogs I read to the number of college student blogs I read approaches infinity, I think it a good time we troll a few of the best college bloggers in the US.

All STJ student bloggers have been involved in assessment of one another’s blogs since the beginning of STJ iblogs in 2006. I’m certain we’d pick a deserving “Final Four” from the list of 20 finalists.

I’m curious to know for what blogs STJ bloggers vote.

Submit your comment (or trackback) here with a brief reason/detail/example justifying your vote for the $10,000 US scholarship.

Consider our recent emphasis on structure and voice: How are these college bloggers defining themselves through voice? What structures/patterns do successful bloggers adopt? What role do comments play in the development of the blog?

Yaaar, there be pirates in one of the blogs . . . but don’t let that influence your vote.

Looking for News

Try the following suggestions to increase your daily intake of news feeds.

  • Surf the latest headlines from all over the world. Results are based on google search rankings, the larger the font –> the more hits in google, I recall. Headlines link to an array of news organizations.
  • Aggregate a few headlines from, say, in your own blog sidebar.
  • Create your own online newsreader at or google reader.

Add your own suggested news feeds or feed aggregators in a comment or trackback here.

In the News(CTS bloggers)

CBC RSS feeds. Browse the many RSS feed categories. Select at least one to be added to your blog’s sidebar.

  • Copy(right-click or control-click) a feed url from CBC RSS feeds.
  • Go to Dashboard–>Presentation–>Sidebar Widgets–>Add RSS widgets.
  • Drag RSS widget to your sidebar.
  • Paste the url into the RSS widget.
  • Save and view site.

Creat a Sitemap for your blog

Write a page(not a post). Title it Sitemap.
You’ll find the code here that you’ll need to paste into your page.

Enter Sitemap as the Page Slug.
Disable Comments and Pings.

Go to Dashboard–>Options–>DDSitemapGen.
Enter the same Slug, update.

Add the link to the sitemap via your theme’s menu or sidebar or add a Pages widget.

New features Gallery2 and Subscribe2

Gallery2 integration works, mostly. Well the sidebar and full page embedding works, more to come. Activate WPG2 by pointing it to and it should autodetect the rest. Then place the STJ Galley widget in your sidebar.

Subscribe2 allows you to email, automagically, site updates(a new post for example) to your subscribers. A new Subscribe link appears in your footer.

Audio Posts (But not quite podcasts, yet)

Or rather, Audio in Posts.

They’re not iTunesey podcasts, yet, but they’re simple enough.
Your mp3 file must be less than 2MB and uploaded to your blog in the normal way.

Go find the menu in Dashboard–>Options–>Audio Player.

Read the check boxes, the third check box will automagically change your mp3 links in your posts to embedded flash players. Easy-peezy.

Look at wmcauley’s mp3 links.

Here’s an idea that could snowball!

Find a “copyright-free” etext online at, say, Project Gutenberg or here or here

Start a new blog.

Parse your etext into manageable chunks and insert into your blog.

Add graphics and organizers. Edit theme. Voila.

Look at Castle of Otranto and The Jesuit Relations and the History of New France as examples.

Search for works by the following at Gutenberg:
Austen, Jane
Barrie, J.M.
Brontรƒยซ, Charlotte
Brontรƒยซ, Emily
Dickens, Charles
Burroughs, Edgar Rice
Carroll, Lewis
Chesterton, G. K
Christie, Agatha
Twain, Mark
Collins, Wilkie
Connor, Ralph
Conrad, Joseph
Corelli, Marie
Defoe, Daniel
De la Mare, Walter
Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir
Eliot, George
Galsworthy, John
Haggard, H. Rider
Hardy, Thomas
Henty, G. A.
James, Henry
Jerome, Jerome K.
Joyce, James
Kingsley, Charles
Kipling, Rudyard
Leacock, Stephen
Mansfield, Katherine
Maugham, W. Somerset
Maupassant, Guy de
McClung, Nellie L.
Melville, Herman
Montgomery, L. M.
Moodie, Susanna
Moore, Clement Clarke
Nesbit, E.
Oppenheim, E. Phillips
Potter, Beatrix
Sabatini, Rafael
Scott, Walter, Sir
Shaw, George Bernard
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
Sinclair, Upton
Stevenson, Robert Louis
Stoker, Bram
Swift, Jonathan
Thackeray, William Makepeace
Trollope, Anthony
Wallace, Edgar
Walpole, Horace
Wells, H. G.
Wilde, Oscar
Wodehouse, P. G.
Woolf, Virginia
Yonge, Charlotte Mary

cool smilies


The following smilies have an extra space after the first character so you can see them here in text form. Remove the space and the smiley appears in published posts.

‘ : )’ => ‘icon_smile.gif’,
‘ : D’ => ‘icon_biggrin.gif’,
‘ : -D’ => ‘icon_biggrin.gif’,
‘: grin:’ => ‘icon_biggrin.gif’,
‘ : )’ => ‘icon_smile.gif’,
‘ : -)’ => ‘icon_smile.gif’,
‘: smile:’ => ‘icon_smile.gif’,
‘ : (‘ => ‘icon_sad.gif’,
‘ : -(‘ => ‘icon_sad.gif’,
‘: sad:’ => ‘icon_sad.gif’,
‘ : o’ => ‘icon_surprised.gif’,
‘ : -o’ => ‘icon_surprised.gif’,
‘: eek:’ => ‘icon_surprised.gif’,
‘ 8 O’ => ‘icon_eek.gif’,
‘ 8 -O’ => ‘icon_eek.gif’,
‘: shock:’ => ‘icon_eek.gif’,
‘ : ?’ => ‘icon_confused.gif’,
‘ : -?’ => ‘icon_confused.gif’,
‘ : ???:’ => ‘icon_confused.gif’,
‘ 8 )’ => ‘icon_cool.gif’,
‘ 8 -)’ => ‘icon_cool.gif’,
‘: cool:’ => ‘icon_cool.gif’,
‘: lol:’ => ‘icon_lol.gif’,
‘ : x’ => ‘icon_mad.gif’,
‘ : -x’ => ‘icon_mad.gif’,
‘: mad:’ => ‘icon_mad.gif’,
‘ : P’ => ‘icon_razz.gif’,
‘ : -P’ => ‘icon_razz.gif’,
‘: razz:’ => ‘icon_razz.gif’,
‘: oops:’ => ‘icon_redface.gif’,
‘: cry:’ => ‘icon_cry.gif’,
‘: evil:’ => ‘icon_evil.gif’,
‘: twisted:’ => ‘icon_twisted.gif’,
‘: roll:’ => ‘icon_rolleyes.gif’,
‘: wink:’ => ‘icon_wink.gif’,
‘ ; )’ => ‘icon_wink.gif’,
‘ ; -)’ => ‘icon_wink.gif’,
‘: !:’ => ‘icon_exclaim.gif’,
‘: ?:’ => ‘icon_question.gif’,
‘: idea:’ => ‘icon_idea.gif’,
‘: arrow:’ => ‘icon_arrow.gif’,
‘ : |’ => ‘icon_neutral.gif’,
‘ : -|’ => ‘icon_neutral.gif’,
‘: neutral:’ => ‘icon_neutral.gif’,
‘: mrgreen:’ => ‘icon_mrgreen.gif’,

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๐Ÿ˜€ => ‘icon_biggrin.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜€ => ‘icon_biggrin.gif’,
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๐Ÿ™‚ => ‘icon_smile.gif’,
๐Ÿ™‚ => ‘icon_smile.gif’,
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๐Ÿ™ => ‘icon_sad.gif’,
๐Ÿ™ => ‘icon_sad.gif’,
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๐Ÿ˜ฎ => ‘icon_surprised.gif’,
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๐Ÿ˜ฏ => ‘icon_eek.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜ฏ => ‘icon_eek.gif’,
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๐Ÿ˜• => ‘icon_confused.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜• => ‘icon_confused.gif’,
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๐Ÿ˜ก => ‘icon_mad.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜ก => ‘icon_mad.gif’,
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๐Ÿ˜› => ‘icon_razz.gif’,
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๐Ÿ˜‰ => ‘icon_wink.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜‰ => ‘icon_wink.gif’,
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โ“ => ‘icon_question.gif’,
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๐Ÿ˜ => ‘icon_neutral.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜ => ‘icon_neutral.gif’,
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