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The term blog refers to an on-line weblog set up by an individual or a group of individuals. The owner of the blog has write access to the tool, and posts the content online while guests can read the content and post comments.

Blogging has become a popular medium for communicating online. Millions of users have chosen to blogging when seeking to share information, search for information, and/or collaborate with others on a common theme. Within the context of higher education, Hourigan and Murray point to the literature where many researchers have outlined useful tasks for applying the generic blog medium to a specific learning context, for instance,
Blogging has become popular among lecturers and students in Higher Education for-:

  • The improvement of generic and foreign language writing;
  • To facilitate reflection in teaching and learning and;
  • Support the building of communities with common objectives.1

In essence, a blog is personalized reflective writing tool. If a user or groups or users have an idea to write about, the blog can provide the perfect writing 'tablet'. Blogs could be useful for those who do not participate because of difficulty in verbal communication. A blogger can post text, images, and digital content. Readers can comment on postings and post opinion. Blogging is a social networking activity, which enables individuals to put their writing out to the community, whether their audience is a carefully selected community or to anyone in the public domain who has a interest in the topic. As owner of a blog, you can personalise your blog by choosing from the blogging tools available on-line, e.g. Wordpress. The 'owner' can choose the URL, set privacy settings, and decide on a theme to give it a suitable look and feel. The quality of the content posted to a blog is at the discretion of the owner, but successful blogs with large readership are usually well written, and contribute to knowledge, which has an interested audience.

When using a blog to share knowledge or information, each posting will represent a new chapter in the bigger story. Each posting appears in chronological order. Commentary should be written as clearly as possible and with good structure. Some good writers are born with the gift, but for most, writing is a skill learned from hard work and practice. There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly: sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges. (Ernest Hemingway).

See below for a TCD resource on writing.

Trinity College resource to help with writing

See the list below for examples of popular and interesting blogs, all attracting new readers daily.

Using wordpress to create a blog

Last updated 4 April 2013 by Listen, Speak & be Heard (Email).