The blog was a little intimating to me at first, as were the book reviews that were required of us. I was unsure of where to start with the first review, it was incredibly hard to write for some reason, and to know that they would be “public” was daunting. Thankfully, they got easier with practice. I find myself better able to express myself in writing, when I have the opportunity to reflect on the books, and craft a blog around that. The easy part for me was finding relevant information on the topics, since stories about “climate change” are quite widespread in the media these days (and I’m on the computer a lot at work). I actually started a “draft message” in my email, where I would save articles that I found pertinent to our class, with intentions of posting them when I had a chance. Naturally, some would get post beforehand!
This was the first time I used a blog as the primary method of communication for class. The good part is that everything is very accessible and in one spot for news, book reviews and other important information. I didn’t have to shift through papers to find out readings for the next week. I also found myself excited to share information that I found, hoping it would be interesting to the rest of the class, as well as, becoming enlightened by reading the other students posts/reviews. Though, I will make more of a concerted effort to be involved in “online conversations,” sometimes it gets difficult if I have limited time to post. I would also like to be notified of when someone posts on our articles, or book reviews. It would, I think, present good fairly instant discourse, instead of maybe never even realizing someone shared or differed from your own view.
I have had a positive experience with the blog so far, as I find it helpful to the class in numerous ways, and its ease of use. I’m undecided if I am comfortable with the “wider public” being able to read our posts, but I do think it helps for publicity of the class, university and subject matter. Making it more public would also aid in additional dialog on the posts. Overall, I think it is a great medium for this class and wish more would follow this format.