I've been writing my proposal offline. I'm about 6 pages in. I have no idea how long it should be, but I'm thinking 10 pages or so. I'm struggling with what order to put stuff in. The parts I have are: history and current state of blogging, pedagogical theories, structure of the specific class I'm focusing on, a lit review of what's been written on teaching and blogging, and my own research question. My thought is to put it in the following order:
1. My own research question--why I want to write this thing
2. Lit review
3. history and nature of blogging
4. pedagogical theories (which will reflect back on part 3)
5. structure of the class
6. outline of chapters
Parts 3 and 4 are where I'm really getting bogged down because I see them as connected. I want my readers to understand what blogging is so they can see how it fits with the pedagogical theories. Structure of the class comes after because the way we set up the class had everything to do with what we knew about the nature of blogging and our pedagogical goals, i.e. what we knew about theory.
I think this gives me something to work with. Things were beginning to feel a little unwieldy and I felt I need to take a step back for a minute and see the big picture.