“…So what’s a blog?” reflection

I just finished reading The Labyrinth Unbound: Weblogs as Literature, by Steve Himmer. I felt he did a great job at explaining the main differences between weblogs and other forms of “traditional” writings such as novels. To someone like me who is relatively uninitiated in the ways and history of the blog, I found his explanations very throughout and understandable. Continue reading ““…So what’s a blog?” reflection”


My downfall.

I’m a hunting/fishing gear fanatic. I almost take just as much enjoyment reading, learning, and discussing the finer points of each product as I do actually using it in the field.

Some people find enjoyment talking about shoes. Others go on for hours about technology. I like to talk about hunting jackets and duck decoys. Continue reading “My downfall.”

Bootcamp Reflection


When I hear the term bootcamp, this image comes to mind.

How tall are you, Private?

Luckily, bootcamp for #en3177 wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it might be. I understood the assignments pretty clearly and was able to work through the various steps involved in setting up my blog, posting content, RSS syndication, and copyright/creative commons.

My life has been a little crazy the past couple weeks between work, school, and job hunting. I feel I completed scheduled assignments well and timely. If I were to do the past couple weeks over again, I would try to do a better job in managing my time and making sure that I wasn’t rushing to get content out before deadlines. In fact, I’m going to do my best to get things done in a much more timely fashion from here on out. Continue reading “Bootcamp Reflection”

Creative Commons – Copyright

Copyright laws and common courtesies have always been something that I have been aware of in general sense, but I have never quite understood exactly what protections are extended to those who both create and enjoy material over the web and other mediums.

Through my research, I found it useful to look at the various vocabulary found on the web to help my understanding of intellectual property, copyrights, and the creative commons movement.

Intellectual property was the first term I decided to look into to help my understanding for this blog post. According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), intellectual property can be defined as:

Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce.

Source: http://www.wipo.int/about-ip/en/

This definition seems easy to understand – if you create something such as music, poetry, logos, or art, that is considered your intellectual property and you have rights to said property. Simple enough.

Next, copyrights are essentially laws that give legal protection to literary or creative works and their owners. Copyright laws can be seen as a way for the owners of music, art, or literature to ensure that others do not use their property without their consent.

Generally, it is illegal and immoral to use an artist’s work without their direct permission. However, there are some protections offered to the general public in terms of using copyrighted materials, including the “fair use” principle. “Fair Use” refers to certain circumstances in which a user usually does not need to seek permission of a work’s creator before using their material. Examples of “fair use” include:

  • the quotation of works;
  • the use of news of the day; or
  • the creation of accessible formats for print disabled people.
Source: http://www.wipo.int/copyright/en/faq_copyright.html#accordion__collapse__18_a

Finally, Creative Commons (CC) is another way in which creators can freely offer their work to the general public through free copyright licenses that allow art and other works to be shared freely, while still ensuring credit remains with the creator.

Source: https://creativecommons.org/about/

In terms of my own work, I’m likely to choose the Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license. I believe that anyone who would like to share my work has the freedom to do so, as long as credit is given to me in the redistribution of the work. I’m just one guy rambling on about nothing..if someone finds that interesting and would like to share it with others, be my guest!

Source: https://creativecommons.org/choose/


Until next time,





Hot fishing on cold Red Lake

A group of five of my good friends and I have talked about starting an annual fishing tradition for a few years now. Until this year, busy schedules simply did not allow for it. This year, come hell or high water, it was decided that the inaugural Red Lake fishing trip was GOING to happen.

So, this past weekend five of us piled into a truck and pulled one of my good friend’s converted camper (obviously with most creative paint scheme in the area…) one hour north to Upper Red Lake to spend the weekend catching up and catching fish.

Prior to the weekend, it was decided that the six of us wouldn’t possibly fit into the single fish house, so rented an Ice Castle from Red Lake Ice Cabins (great group of guys to deal with).

Fish Camp 2016

Despite the cold temperatures (-30 degrees), we stayed warm and caught plenty of fish over the course of the two days (for those interested, 5:30pm – 8:30pm was the hottest bite, and glow rattle spoons were the ticket all weekend). A trip was made to West Wind Resort for burgers and brews Saturday night, Borat and We’re the Millers was watched (and quoted endlessly), and memories shared among a group of friends who have been there for each other throughout their college days at Bemidji State.


One image that I don’t think will ever get old for me is looking off into the horizon on the frigid, clear nights on Red Lake and seeing the lights of hundreds, if not thousands, of fish houses sparkling in the distance. It is truly a mesmerizing sight, and for me, a great reminder of why I chose Bemidji State in the first place and why I hope to stay in the Bemidji area after graduation.

Why yes, that is our friendly plastic snowman mascot. Name TBD.

We’re already making plans for next years’ trip to Red Lake, and I cannot wait to continue the annual tradition.

Until next time.






Just a quick post tonight.

I got back from an excellent weekend on Upper Red Lake fishing today with five of my good friends (which will be the subject of another post).

As I sit here trying to keep my eyes open over the drone of the TV, I can’t help but think about how lucky I am to have such great friends.

While I’ll remember the great fishing we had for quite some time, the memories made in the fish house this weekend will last a lifetime.

Expect pictures and a full write up of my Red Lake adventure tomorrow. For now, however, I challenge you to take some time to think about how much your life is positively impacted by your best friends.

Until tomorrow, friends.


First blog post. Much success. Wow.

So after getting set up in WordPress.com, picking a theme, updating my personal information, and publishing my first blog post, it seems everything is going well. There were no real major issues other than finding the widget menu, but a quick Google search fixed that issue. As of now, WordPress seems like a relatively straight forward tool. I look forward to learning more about the site and how to bring this blog to the next level both content and format wise, but for now, I think I’m happy with my current setup.

Obligatory. Yay!


I’m really excited about having a place to share my thoughts and engage with other students in the #en3177 class. Here’s to a great semester!

But before I sign off, I’d like to pose a question to my classmates who read this post: What led you to take this class? Was it required for your major/emphasis? Do you have a particular interest in the topic? I look forward to hearing your responses!




First post.

Hello everyone,

This is my first blog post on my first blog site, and I’m excited to embark on this new writing experience with the rest of the #en3177 class this spring!

They say a journey of a thousand miles begins by putting gas in your car (or something like that), so I guess I’ll jump right in with my first post by talking a bit about myself!

  • My name is Eric Sorenson and I’m currently a senior at Bemidji State University with every intention of walking across the stage with a diploma this coming May.
  • I’m on track to graduate with a business administration degree (marketing emphasis), and felt that taking a few classes in the writing disciplines would be a great way to end my college career.
  • I’m from a small town in southern Minnesota (population 500), and chose Bemidji based on its location (far enough away, but close enough at the same)
  • I really enjoy hunting, fishing, and just enjoying the outdoors whenever possible. This is another reason why I chose Bemidji State – seemingly endless forests and deep, productive lakes.


Well, I think that’s about all for now…stay tuned to read more about my interests, pursuits, likes and dislikes, and general ramblings about my favorite place – the northwoods.