Though the prospect of a free mini Ipad is enough of an incentive for me to continue blogging, I have discovered that I really enjoy it. In this post I want to reflect on why that is: what is it about blogging that makes it more fun and dynamic than other types of writing? For one, it forces you to be more aware of your audience. You write differently when you know a lot of other people will be reading your work than when you begin with a blank page on Microsoft Outlook. Though you know that essay or story will eventually be read, you feel like you’re writing in a vacuum: the gap between you and your prospective reader looms. Not so when you can instantly post and receive comments.
Immediacy and connectedness are also the perks of texting and status updates on social media networks. It’s easier to create and cultivate a persona with these tools than it is when you’re sitting before a blank screen. Since the creation of a persona who can communicate better than the “real” author is required for any genre of writing, the blog can be useful for instructors hoping to improve students’ writing effectiveness.
I’m seriously considering using a blog for my Writing about World Literature class, not as a course requirement but more as an experiment, to see if blogging improves how students explore their thoughts on topics related to our course. I will keep you updated.