10 Things You Can Do With a Blog
1. Inform students about administrative procedures and deadlines (e.g. the Registrar’s blog)
2. Provide news and commentary and a space to collect feedback about the work that your office does (e.g. the Technology of the Month Blog)
3. Give your poets a place to interact with their audience (e.g. the forthcoming WesPress poets blog)
4. Maintain a website using just a web browser (This site you are viewing now would be an example.)
5. Share reading notes and thoughts with your thesis advisor and other readers (e.g. Jenny Ryan’s bibliography on the anthropology of on-line communities
6. Be a public intellectual in a collaborative blog on some topic of shared interest (e.g. Sean McCann’s contributions to The Valve .)
7. Keep a calendar of events that allows for attendees and presenters to interact and share further resources before, during, and after an event
8. Keep an on-line diary to share your thoughts and observations with the world (e.g. Ravi’s blog )
9. Organize a project and share notes, ideas, links, via the blog (e.g the library’s blog on the future of the Wesleyan catalog )
10. Communicate regularly with a targeted set of students (e.g. Wesleyan’s peer advisor blog )
In addition to the Wesleyan examples above, we’ve been using del.icio.us (see social bookmarking page for an explanation of what that is) to share links to how other schools are using blogging software. That list can be found at http://del.icio.us/tag/BloggingAcademicExamples .
I want a blog! How do I get started?
If you have an idea for a blog, please contact Pat Leone (pleone) or the ACM for your division. For full details on requesting a blog, please refer to http://blogs.wesleyan.edu/blog/2007/09/19/requesting-a-blog/.