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Here’s a short rundown of what’s going on over there on the right-hand sidebar. All of it is just for you smart, smart people, and as always, we welcome feedback.

Meta: Pretty self-explanatory, really. All the administrative stuff: link to the department, to policies we never need, to the UThink sign-in, and to other WritLife web presences. Which reminds me: If you're not on Facebook yet, come on in and join the WritLife group! It's where we post a fair amount of resources and events, and it’s a good place to build a portable social network you can take with you when you get your dream job. (When you register, make sure you join the Minnesota network. That way we can invite you to the group.)

Flickr Badge: A random selection of photos from the Writlife Flickr Group. If you’re on Flickr, just let us know that you’d like an invitation to the group and we'll send you one. If you’re not on Flickr, think about joining. It’s free, it’s easy, and it’s a great way to share photos — especially with us here.

The Stories of Us: This is a space to link to individual grad students’ spaces on the web. We’re hoping this section will be well-populated, so if you’ve got a blog or other webbish thing you’d like us to link, let us know where you are.

Academic and Productivity Blogs: Right now, this section skews heavily toward academic productivity and professionalization. (Adventures of a CC Dean and Reassigned Time skew heavily toward the latter and are often worth your time.) I’ve also included a few links to early- and early/mid-career Rhetoric scholars and one other individual grad blog. There aren’t any links to Comp blogs right now simply because I’m not sure which ones to link, so if you know of one you’d like to see there, let us know. The blogroll should reflect all aspects of our disciplinary interests.

Minnesotaness: A short list of local blogs, citizen journalism outlets, and more traditional media sources. Hopefully, this section will broaden those of us who have been here for a bit as well as provide a resource list for grads who are new to the Twin Cities.

Resources: Places around the U that can come in handy.

Enjoy! And if there are other things you’d like to see, just pipe up in the comments.

(Oh, and a note about comments: the UThink system automatically requires comment approval in order to cut down on spam. So if you see that your comment is awaiting approval, please don't rage against the hegemony of it all -- at least not for the first five minutes. One of the community tech team members will approve it as soon as we can.)