Blog Overview:

Speech is a powerful tool that can be used to persuade, defend, communicate, manipulate, and more. Either the words being spoken, the tone and enthusiasm that they're spoken with, or both can be used to intrigue listeners. Politicians often use strategies to gain support of those who won't necessarily agree with the actual words being spoken. Poets, on the other hand, may convince readers without spoken word and simply through the elegance of their writing. Slam poetry, however, is arguably the most influential form of speech. When talented speakers convey powerful language, they seem to create the most impact. This blog will explore the influences of speeches in shaping history; specifically, the significance of poetry in bringing about change.

Questions being discussed in this blog...
What characteristics do persuasive speakers have? How has speech influence the course of history? How do politicians use speech to convey ideas and gain support? How has poetry been used to bring about change? Is speech a more powerful weapon than those that kill?

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Final Website Outline

This week I continued to make finalizations on the content of the website. I have not yet begun to make the website, but I have a solid plan for the set up. I will be meeting with Silas in about a week and a half, however next week I'll be beginning on my own. I have family members who will help me with the first steps and I have some background knowledge myself as well. I've drafted out in detail the actual content of the website and will look to Silas to help make it all go as planned. Additionally, I've been in touch with Rick via email just to check in and run ideas past him. He's always willing to read through an writing that I do for the website. It's been helpful, because I'm not great at editing my own work! During the coming week I'll be doing slightly less work and enjoying the vacation, but starting next Sunday, I'll be right back at it!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Meeting Rick!

This week I continued with my project and made decent progress. I met with a man who's offered to mentor me and advise me throughout this project. He gave me some helpful suggestions and with his help I finished the "rules and information" page that I'll be putting on the website. I'm now just about done with all the information that will be on the site. In addition to Rick, I had a few brief talks with the man who's helping me set up the website. He seems confident that it won't be a huge project and he's definitely calmed my nerves a little around the technological aspect of the contest. Plus, I have family members who've offered to give me additional help in this area. Next week, over winter break, I'll be setting up the site. I will also begin to reach out to people who I feel will be helpful in spreading the word.  On January 1st the contest will be launched!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

First Steps

This week I've taken some of the first steps on my 20% time project. My proposal outlines the first few steps. Last week I contacted Rick, a Vermonter and wonderful poet, who agreed to mentor me and give me advice for the poetry contest. We've set up a meeting to further discuss my plan. This will take place next week. In addition, I worked on writing an outline of the website that I'll be setting up. I will be bringing this outline to Silas, who will be helping me in getting the website up and running smoothly. The outline is a rough draft, but I'm currently working on going into greater detail. I've written the prompt for the poetry contest and I'd like to have Rick edit it next week. Overall, my project is coming along as planned. I will have the website up by the end of the month and I plan to contact further resources within the next few weeks.