Blog, Blog, Blog…Everyone’s Doing It at Mason

Posted: July 20, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: July 17, 2009 at 3:50 pm

By Robin Herron

When the Gazette sent out a call for Mason bloggers to step forward, we were overwhelmed with the response. It seems almost everyone is blogging in one format or another, from short Tweets to newsletter-type postings to lengthy philosophical musings.

Also surprising was the variety of blogs. Some are used for teaching, of course, and others are used as professional sounding boards. Some Mason staffers use them to promote side businesses. And whole departments use them to interface with their clients.

Here’s what some of the bloggers are up to.

Administrative Blogs

Dave Andrews, associate media and public relations manager, writes Mason’s Mortarboard, a blog about construction at Mason.

From Sara Duval, advisor, School of Art: “My blog is the AVT Academic Advising blog. Our internship coordinator, Rebecca Chase, has a blog.”

From Adam Fielding, research services coordinator in Special Collections and Archives: “We have a blog here at Mason’s Special Collections and Archives in Fenwick Library.”

From April N. Kelley, reference assistant at the Arlington Campus Library: “The Arlington Campus Library has a blog. It is used primarily as a newsletter for our users with posts about upcoming library workshops, staff interviews, monthly book displays and changing hours during the semester. Several of the staff contribute regularly to the blog and it is a way for us to provide outreach to current and potentially new visitors.”

Provost Peter Stearns blogs at provostblog.gmu.edu.

Faculty Blogs

David E. Bernstein, Ilya Somin and Todd Zywicki, Law  – www.volokh.com.

Peter Boettke and Peter Leeson, Economics – austrianeconomists.typepad.com.

Donald Boudreaux and Russ Roberts, Economics – www.cafehayek.com.

Karol Boudreaux, Law – socialenterprising.indegoafrica.org.

Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok, Economics – www.marginalrevolution.com.

Harry J. Foxwell, Computer Science –  blogs.sun.com/hjfphd.

From Harold Geller, Physics and Astronomy: “I do some blogging on this site: astrocast.tv/blog.”

From Steve Gladis, Communication adjunct: “My leadership blog is called Survival Leadership. I teach in the Communication Department and Leadership for the Office of Continuing and Professional Education.”

Marc Gopin, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution faculty member and director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution has been blogging for about a year at www.marcgopin.com.

Steve Klein, Communication, has several school-related blogs:

J-Roundup; with former adjunct Dan Kubiske. This is the journalism concentration blog for the Communication Department.
Tickle Me Gunston is the class blog for Comm371/Sports Writing and Reporting.
gmu/online journalism is the class blog for Comm361/Online Journalism.
GMU Political Journalism is the class blog for Comm374/Political Journalism, the course Klein does in the GMU-TV video studio in collaboration with C-SPAN, the University of Denver and Pace University in Manhattan.

Carrie Meyer, Economics, tweets from her book, “Days on the Family Farm”: twitter.com/maydavisdiary.

From Mark L. Sample, English: “My personal blog, which mixes my academic interests with pop culture, is www.samplereality.com, and a good example of a class blog is www.samplereality.com/gmu/spring2009/660/.”

From Mark Stoneman, History adjunct: “My history blog is at clioandme.wordpress.com. This is just for me. I have used other blogs and wikis for specific courses I teach.”

Art Taylor, English – artandliterature.wordpress.com.

Dan Walsch, Mason press secretary, Communication adjunct and PhD student, blogs on communication at myskeets.blogspot.com.

Mercatus Center Researchers Blogs

Veronique de Rugy blogs at National Review’s The Corner, corner.nationalreview.com.

Eileen Norcrosswww.neighborhoodeffects.com.

Personal Blogs

From Meaghan Doherty, Human Resources and Payroll: “I keep a blog for my hand-crafted jewelry, Lillydaisy Boutique, www.lillydaisy.blogspot.com.

From Steve Klein, Communication: “I have a four-year-old blog, TripleCrankset that I do with a riding partner I met in 2003 at the Tour de France.”

From Chris Raymond, Center for History and New Media: “I have a blog about my personal work, www.girlmeetsart.com.”

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