Reading Will Richardson’s book Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms (2006) transformed my understanding of blogs. Richardson defines blogs (weblogs) as “easily updatable Websites that allow an author (or authors) to publish instantly to the Internet from any internet connection” (p.8). He explains that the earliest blogs were web logs, lists of weblinks the author visited, which have evolved into today’s blogs where people can add comments about the author’s thoughts on a website. To see Richardson’s blog and read about his book go to weblogg-ed.com .
Initially, I though blogs were just online personal journals for others to comment on. Richardson states that personal journaling, posting assignments and posting links is not real blogging. (p.32). He defines simple blogging as “links with analysis that gets into the meaning of the content being linked” and real blogging as “links with analysis and synthesis that articulate a deeper understanding or relationship to the content being linked and written with a potential audience response in mind” and complex blogging as “extended analysis and synthesis over a longer period of time that builds on previous posts, links and comments.” I wonder if we will reach a level of complex blogging in this assignment?