I am definitely not new to the blogging world. I’ve maintained a Tumblr in the past! But as I mentioned before, I really don’t have the attention span and determination to keep up a blog (or any type of writing besides poetry), so my Tumblr wasn’t very successful. Here’s the link if you’re interested in seeing it! Caution: it’s definitely more immature and vulgar (but no explicit images!).
I’m actually no stranger to starting a blog for a class. The past spring semester, I took a Composing Self class, and we also had to regularly maintain a blog. Of course, I also made it about social activism whenever I could 🙂
I think the idea of maintaining a blog for an English class is definitely an interesting one. Although your writing is publicized to the world, there’s a level of informality to blogging that makes it seem less intimidating as a student. I did struggle from time to time, because there were often weeks when I had absolutely no idea what to write about, but I eventually pulled it off.
Honestly, I don’t plan on continuing this blog, and I think it’s just because maintaining one in a school environment just seems unnaturally to me. When I blog for my own pleasure, there’s no specific structure I have to abide to. I don’t feel the need to keep up a level of formality and sophistication, which can be quite draining at times. I don’t have to follow a specific instruction from a professor that will shape my post differently than I may have intended, no matter how loose that instruction is. I’m sure you can see what I mean when you look at my Tumblr blog.
However, I definitely did learn a lot from this course that could help me out. I realize now how important it is to have a specific purpose and to have a consistent intended audience in order for your blog to be successful. In order for your voice to be heard, it needs to be strong, stable, and consistent. I think those are lessons that I will carry out throughout the rest of my life when it comes to writing.
Coincidentally, I was just thinking this morning that I should continue my Tumblr blog. I think I’m going to do that. But I don’t think I’ll focus on a specific purpose or intended audience. I’m really not interested in gaining a massive audience, but just to have a form to express myself and have it publicized. I did pop music album reviews in the past for this blog, and I think I’m going to continue that. 🙂
Thanks for being an awesome teacher!