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Articles on academic blogging and blogging about books

The Guardian Online today has an interesting article on academic blogging.

It raises some interesting questions for us about the function of blogs on campus and also the issue of ownership and whether many of us may wind up needing to host our personal blogs off-campus at some point.;

This article from on Blogging for Books discusses how blogging is starting to have an effect on how we talk about books and perhaps even how we read them.


1 Steve Cavrak { 09.24.04 at 12:57 pm }

Online Classroom (which seems to be available only in paper – LOL at the irony) has a page called “Blogs Help Create Learning Community”
The community part seems to come from things like including personal information on their web pages – email address, locatoin, collge, birthdate, interests. (Compare this to some of the profiles on …)
The learning part seems to come from helping students to become better prepared.
The learning-community part seems to be that the classroom situation seems to improve with students having a better framework for the discussion, less reluctance to speak out, and building support networks.

2 steve cavrak { 09.25.04 at 3:15 pm }

Fifty years ago, 18 year old Francoise Sagan burst into world consciousness with her “Bonjour Tristesse.” Cool, beat, smart, and wild – the antithesis of the “button down mind.” Today, she made news by passing away of lung and heart disease.
As part of it’s literary obit, the BBCnews site invites reader’s reflections –

3 steve cavrak { 10.01.04 at 11:50 am }

Ran into an article Why Academic Blogging is a Must which brings to mind some memories.
Once upon a time, I read a study of citation research (research about who reads what you publish). The result bandied about was that in the whole world, there are 6 people who will read and understand your articles.
In the old day, one would almost never come in contact with those people. Now, with google, blogs, etc, one can imagine actually contacting them … IFF google can read what you publish.
I wonder if google increases that audience of 6.

4 steve cavrak { 10.01.04 at 11:57 am }

Here’s a web log of a chat about weblogs … Academic Blogging, sponsored by the Chronicle of Higher Education, Wednesday, June 4, at 1 p.m., U.S. Eastern time
The entry topic of the discussion was “Do Web logs, or “blogs,” contribute to academic discourse? What should academics who want to blog know about the medium?”