Student Blogging: In Their Own Words


As part of my continuing series on student blogging, I’m focussing on a particular strand which emerged in the descriptions people sent me of their online writing. Interweaving with the various impulses which they identified behind their writing (to improve their skills, to raise their profile, to share their ideas with people who had similar interests) was a less frequent but still recurrent theme: that student blogging had something to tell the outside world. This was particularly noticeable in the Teenage Christian and Musical Musings Anonymous blogs, which both had a definite mission to reveal or explain things about students which they felt were misunderstood in society at large. The authors of those blogs have kindly agreed to discuss this aspect of their writing in more depth, and I’m very grateful to them for being so frank about the motives and the tensions it can involve.

When Ben Garry…

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