Blogging is something that I have noticed has become a more popular educational tool. Even over the past four years since I came to Bucknell, more and more professors are opting to use blogging in the curriculum. The first time I was required to blog was sophomore year. To be frank; I couldn’t stand it. I felt very uncomfortable having my writing posted online for my other classmates to read and critique. However; throughout the months I got used to it and while I was always slightly uneasy with the idea of my peers reading my blog posts, I appreciate being pushed out of my comfort zone. Knowing that my writing wasn’t solely for the professor’s eyes made me change my writing style. I learned that blogging required me to reach and please a wider audience and it pushed me to be more than a simple writer. I grew up learning how to write papers for my teachers. Blogging made me change my mind set, critique my writing, and become more confident.
While I don’t dislike blogging, I admit I am still not the biggest fan of it. Up until Bucknell, I had never had blogging as part of the curriculum. Therefore, blogging was foreign to me and put me at unease for awhile. I have come to realize that the more I blog for my classes, the more I begin to enjoy it. I think blogging has the ability to be a powerful tool to enhance student’s writing and education. However, I believe that blogging has the ability to change someone from an individual standpoint. Blogging has made me feel more confident in an academic setting and perhaps has made me change my mind set about social settings that are uncomfortable or foreign to me as well.