Tuesday, September 12, 2006


My friend Michael says - on his blog Sisyphean Task-- that he hasn't been In Much of a Blogging Mood Lately, while I am trying to become a more active, thoughtful, blogger - but making the time is hard. Usually, it's best first thing when I come to work before all the emails arrive.

What does blogging mean for public/private life? Some folks, such as Will Richardson, in his book Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for the Classroom(Corwin/Sage Press, 2006) say that "real blogging" is "Links with analysis and synthesis that articulate a deeper understanding or relationship to the content being linked and written with potential audience response in mind" (Richardson Blogs p.32) and that "complex blogging" is "extended analysis and synthesis over a longer period of time that builds on previous posts, links, and comments. (Richardson p.32). So, clearly, what Michael does is real and complex blogging, and on a number of sites, so it's no wonder someone who works that hard at thinking might not always be in the mood.

Especially when the question is the public/private question - or how many blogs does a person support. One question for academics is whether or not to visit or inhabit the world of Facebook/MySpace. Here's Michael's thoughts on FaceBook stimulated by a recent article I sent him from the Chronicla of Higher Ed (use his link to the article). I doubt I would ever move to Facebook/MySpace territory, but maybe that's because I'm what Richardson calls a Digital Immigrant, being much older than the younger generation of Digital Natives. But as accustomed to the internet as they have become since childhood, rarely do our freshmen do what Richardson calls "real" and "complex" blogging, at least not that I have seen in classroom blogging activities I have been involved with. Whereas, it seems clear from the classes that Lisa Ede has taught with graduate students, that their class blogs, such as the blog for the Language, Technology and Culture classThe Presence of Others or the blog for the Current Comp Theory Class WR 512. So maybe some maturity is needed for the real complex work Richardson aspires to. Yet Richardson teaches at high school.

More on this later.