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Jen Bloomfield (@jembloomfield) has started a fascinating new series of blog posts about undergraduates’ use and experience of blogs, which got me thinking about my own blogging history as a perpetual student. 


I got into Livejournal at what I always think of as ‘late in the day’: early 2006. This was my first engagement with blogging of any sort (Facebook obviously not counting, although statuses were more like Tweets in them days!).

I’m not embarrassed to say that my LJ was mostly fandom related, with some personal stuff tossed in. At no point did I ever—that I can remember—blog much about my course of study, though. If I had, I would have probably treated it in the same way as some of the students who replied to Jem: as a tool for processing thoughts that do not fit within the confines of the course curriculum or assessments. 

I also ran one of the undergraduate journal’s WordPresses too, a little later on, so put my knowledge of blogging to good use in that sense, but whilst that was the sort of thing I could put on a grad school application, my personal blog was not. To be fair, content-wise, it really wasn’t! But it never occurred to me to try to run a personal blog that was. I’m very impressed by those undergraduates—and prospective undergraduates—who do. I think this is a valuable tactic, and many blogging grad students/academics have a similar motivation, even if there is still resistance in some quarters to taking blogging seriously!

Since I graduated (2009), I’ve noticed a huge increase in the number of blogs being run by academics, grad students, educators, and even within/as part of academic courses. However, I’ve mostly not noticed blogging done by undergrads, which is why I think Jem’s series is a great thing.
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