Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Ruminating on Blogging

As the semester winds down I have begun to think about the experience of blogging and how beneficial it really is. I think it is a helpful tool for personal use. I am glad that I have some posts to go back and look at and refresh myself on some ideas that I had earlier in the year. I also enjoy the amount of peer collaboration that is possible. I recently read a study, however, that showed that since 2006 blogging has decreased in popularity drastically. This doesn't make the tool any less helpful but it does seem to show that it is not as "hip" as it once was (probably due to the amount of social networking options). This could pose problems in the classroom because perhaps blogging will be viewed with as much spite as th 5-paragraph essay, making it hard to get students involved with it.


  1. I agree with you that blogging isn't as "hip" as it once was, but I feel that this is because, as you said, social networking websites offer so many faster, more efficient options. Twitter is very much like blogging, but with limited characters and a much more instant turn-around. Facebook is also like a blog, just with more adaptations. Therefore, I believe that blogging is still around; still present, still popular... it has just changed forms!

  2. I agree that this whole blogging experience was a great tool to use in the classroom but it isn't as popular as it has been in the past. However, it may be our job as future educators to find creative ways to make blogging "hip" again.