I actually like blogging. As time goes on and I’m reading it’s a great way to communicate your thoughts and perspective. We do have a lot of readings but it’s relative to the topic and, at least for me, it allows me to reflect much better than the standard way of writing. The class experience is diverse in thought and feeling which for a evening course, you tend to have all dry and weary eyed people.
As far as the readings themselves, I think they are different in perspective but a common theme of humanity on the brink of disaster, hope, faith. I think if you pose questions for people to comment on about the books, there might be more interaction and thoughts shared.