Blogging

Having the blog be the primary way to communicate, outside of class, was a different experience than I’m used to. I’ve never had to write for a “broader audience,” and I think I grew accustomed to it. With that said, I definitely think I wrote in a way knowing that other people than the professor would/could be possibly reading my reviews. I was thinking of what I’d be writing, during the different readings, and felt like I almost came more prepared in terms of structuring my thoughts simply because of the public nature of the posts.

I agree with some of the other posts that say it gave the people who don’t talk as much an outlet to express themselves, as I am definitely in that group. I have always been able to express myself better in writing, and when I have time to lay out my views. The blog (along with papers) allow me to do that, and in the blogs case, frequently. I believe it was a great way to have everyone share their opinions on the books, in an open forum. I would read the other students stories as I could, but I do wish I had more time to comment on them, as there are some amazing writers in this class!

I also concur that having the blog made me more interested in news stories, current events, and articles regarding climate change etc. Things I might not have paid as much attention to if I was just reading to “read.” Having the blog so easily accessible made me more apt to post an article that I found particularly interesting, funny or relevant. That part was very enjoyable, and I enjoyed when other students would post articles as well, as I got very interested in the topic over the course of the semester.

Audit

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.