My relationship with blogging has improved substantially since the beginning of KCB 206. At first the idea of writing my opinion on weekly subjects was quite a frustrating exercise. However, through the course of the semester I found it quite a therapeutic means of sharing ideas and thoughts. Wright (2004) makes a similar point suggesting that blogging unlike other media is fundamentally about the writer.
Probably the most important thing I leaned from blogging was the personal opinion needs to be considered properly before it is published. McIntosh (2006) states that while blogging is a useful tool published posts need to be considered to avoid negative repercussions. On many occasions I would write my opinion only to re read it later and decide it was ill considered and needed to be re thought.
As a student studying journalism, I found the limited word count a useful means of learning to refine my writing style. If anything I think it also helped me to articulate my points more efficiently. When you have only 200 words in which to summarise your point, it does force you to become more critical and selective of what you write.
Blogging is also a useful education tool. When blogging on the KCB 206 weekly topics (Most of which I knew little about) I found blogging a great means of increasing my knowledge. As blogging is opinion based I found myself being more analytical and critical of what was written then I otherwise would have been.
I will continue to blog as I have found it a good exercise and a useful way of articulating my thoughts on a subject. Since beginning blogging in KCB 206 I have started an additional blog, which I use to write about views on political events. The process of researching and blogging has greatly assisted in increasing my understanding of unfamiliar topics.
McIntosh, E. (2007). Just because you can blog in one click doesn’t mean you should
Wright Jerermy (2004) Why Blog? Zat Is Ze Qwestion…