It’s Always Digital Writing Month

So I guess this is Digital Writing Month. I’m trying to think of when it isn’t. I think a much more interesting challenge for me would be non-digital writing month, and at the very least that would keep me offline for a while (though the students in my online course might mind).

So if I were to write something for this, how would it be uniquely digital? What interests me the most about “digital writing” is everything you cannot see–the code, the markup, the css, the metadata, the magnetic physicality of the work that you produce.

<h1>How do I make this visible? As part of my writing?</h1>

Though that’s tricky, because where does the yellow come from? I should probably make that visible too. Let’s pull back the curtain on my most basic CSS (Cascading Self Sheet).

h1 {
color: yellow;
}

Uh oh, I forgot the font, as those things matter for things like personal preference, or whether of not someone with a disability can access your site.

body {
font-family: ‘Century Gothic’, Verdana, sans-serif;
color: white;
}

But maybe this doesn’t make for interesting reading unless there is another level of figuration, like the fact that I recently got in pretty <strong> shape </strong> to run in a <em> 50-mile relay </em> with some friends of mine. (Tricky.)

<h2><font color=green>But this is a busy day. Here’s what needs to happen:</font><h2>

<ul>

  • <li> Open birthday presents </li>
  • <li> A family swim </li>
  • <li> A trip to The Little Schoolhouse to get the Lego Friends’ Mall something or other </li>
  • <li> A birthday dinner </li>
  • <li> An approach to the infinite pile of grading </li>
  • <li> Not really needing to be done today, but the writing behind the writing is important for, you know, this whole digital identity thing </li>

</ul>

I’m not sure that anything I wrote here is worth reading beyond allowing me to think through a thing or two, but the DigiWriMo folks are really good people. <a href=”http://www.digitalwritingmonth.com/”> Check them out. </a>