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You want me to do what??


From an early age, I can remember my English courses preaching on the importance of sticking to MLA format, having a few drafts before turing in a final one, and spending countless hours preparing such a report. But now I keep hearing this blogging word floating around. Do you mean to tell me I can speak my mind without having to follow a set of guidelines? Interesting.

Blogging has become one of the most dominant forces on the Internet since its inception in the late 1990’s. The sky is the limit for self-proclaimed bloggers and blogging as a whole, as this whole new aspect to idea sharing and social-media is still very early in development.

When first hearing about blogging, it never really interested me as I figured it was more geared toward those Geek Squad guys over at Best Buy. Little did I know, blogging is one of the most used tools by intellectuals and students of my age. Now that I am a member of this class, I have to admit, this is my first time as a “blogger”. Now that you know about the relationship between myself and blogging, let’s take a closer look into the role that blogging plays in education.

As I pointed to earlier, blogging is an excellent writing tool that can be utilized essentially at any location with WIFI and a compatible device. This is obviously a major advantage over standard writing methods that require MLA format, as is commonplace. Moreover, blogging creates a port for writers to express their thoughts on a much more frequent and informal basis. In a way, it makes writing not so much a task but rather an engaging experience that taps into a wide variety of audiences rather than just a professor. Finally, blogging can be an excellent tool for tweaking and strengthening one’s writing abilities. Students required to blog every week in addition to formal writing requirements are bound to be ahead of those students who just engage in formal writing requirements.

On the other hand, blogging can inspire one to abandon all those years of English courses and MLA format. It could also be seen as a source of unwanted rebellion and anarchy. Another downside of blogging is the fact that bloggers can potentially defame anyone or anything. Furthermore, because of the massive size of blogging it would seemingly go unnoticed. To be concise, blogging can spread the wrong kind of message about expressing one’s self. But then again that can also be an upside to blogging. All in all, I believe that blogging is a positive writing utensil when utilized correctly and in the right context. Some people are greatly opposed to it. But how could they be when we pride ourselves on being American and “free”.

 

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About Patrick

I am a Junior Management major, member of Bucknell's football team, and current president of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.

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4 thoughts on “You want me to do what??

  1. I cannot agree with Patrick’s views exhibited here more. A quote I once heard started rattling in my brain once I was reading Patrick’s view on how students who blog frequently, as well as write for classroom requirements are bound to surpass those who do just one of the two. It is a quote by Seth Godin, and it goes along the lines of (I forget the exact words), “We never encounter speakers-block. So why do we experience writers-block so often? For one reason, we do not write as much as we speak. If we were too, thoughts would flow from our fingertips to a page.” I agree with Patrick that classroom blogging enriches students’ ability to learn how to write simply by exposing them to writing more. How do you get better at writing? Practice.

    Posted by Derek | January 31, 2012, 11:29 pm
  2. Great post. I enjoyed reading your blog today.

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    Posted by Writing Jobs | February 1, 2012, 1:07 am
  3. Where did the word art come from?

    Posted by Jordi | February 8, 2012, 6:44 pm

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