Blogging was an interesting experience for me. Initially I was not looking forward to having to having to BLOG each week. It seemed to me as though it would be one of those assignments I would just complete and wouldn’t learn anything from. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I gained a wealth of knowledge not only from writing a BLOG each week but also from what each individual involved in our blog brought to the table as well.
I wasn’t very keen on the fact that others besides a professor would be reading my blog. Why did what I have to say matter to others? Did what I had to say make sense? Would people really take the time and read what I had to say? The most beneficial part of blogging for me was once we began our blogs using bless, address, or press. After a few of our blog entries which asked us to bless, address, or press I really could see that what I had to say mattered. People were thinking about what I had posted and I was in turn doing the same about what they had written.
The student learning outcomes that are stated on page one of our syllabus were satisfied. I read a lot of different blogs where people had incorporated the genres presented that week into their blogs which in turn gave their blog a creative sense while reading it. I was not brave enough to attempt writing my blog in any of the different genres we talked about. I have always viewed blogging as more of a personal space to write so I found it difficult at times to incorporate readings and using it as an educational learning space. I’m glad I had this experience because I was able to learn what worked for and what didn’t. I wonder where my blog could’ve went if I would’ve taken more chances/risks. I am still adapting to having such a wide audience. The more comfortable I become writing with an audience such as this I am hoping to become more comfortable with incorporating some form of blogging into a future classroom.