Over the summer vacation, we'll be preparing BlogBuilder for wider use than its current pilot; every first year will be offered a blog, and other students will also be able to request one if they wish. In preparation for that, we will be working on a whole bunch of supporting information to make sure that everyone knows what a blog is, where you find them, how you work them, and, crucially, why you might want one. I'm working at the moment on some notes about this last point, and I'd be interested in any comments from other users, especially students:-
Why would I want a blog?
- It's a way to share things with friends, family and peers. Ideas, events, words, photos, available to anyone you want to share them with.
- It's a way to reflect on your work and life at university, rather than focussing solely on the work that's part of your course.
- It's a record of your time at university that you may find useful at various points. Extracts from your blog may be relevant when you're looking for a job, considering your options, talking to your personal tutor, etc.
- It's a way to become part of a community and to find people with similar interests or viewpoints to yourself.
- It's a way to develop a different style of writing – an authorial voice, if you like. Writing a blog is not like writing for course work or exams; blogs can be interesting, amusing, thought-provoking, charming or insightful – not all of these stylistc traits are necessarily developed or required in course work!
- Your blog could be something which might benefit other students, either now or in the future. Your experiences at university, how your course works out, the choices you make while you're here, could help to inform and guide other students when they come to university.