I have been returning to reading and commenting on a wide range of UMW Blogs with a vengeance today. I have fallen woefully behind because the beginning of this semester has been longer than most, and I am just emerging from a pile of work–although I still have a few loose ends to tie up.
That said, it’s always awesome to return to UMW Blogs and read and comment wildly on the work going on in this space. Not only is it amazing to me how quickly I can discover all the cool things happening, but I’m convinced it makes all the difference for the folks out there writing. Not only do comments rule, but those who receive them quickly realize the work they are doing is not composed within a vacuum—an idea so many of us have to unlearn after being forced into the ugly world of course-grinding applications like BlackBoard. The Cogdog understands the importance of this all too well, and today marks his annual week long sabbatical from blogging to comment on the work of others— a practice which continues to inspire me.
So, that said, here are a couple of comment conversations I had today with some folks around UMW Blogs. The first is from the “An American in Bulgaria” blog which is going to be the online home for Eric Halsey’s study abroad in Bulgaria. He has done something really cool already and he’s not even in Bulgaria yet. He’s actually blogging all the places he wants to go, and including some unbelievable images of the countryside and sites he wants to see. It makes me want to go with him. I commented to that effect, and his response was great–not only had he been wondering if anyone was reading, but he also was wondering who the hell I was. So….I told him 🙂
The other comment was for Andromeda’s “Close Enough to Walk Away” blog. She is a student in the Classics department that has been brilliantly blogging her study abroad in Rome over the last six months, and—as her tagline suggests—she is just one of several Mary Washingtonians putting the class in Classics (though she does it with online style!). She recently finished her study abroad, and for all I know may even be stateside by now. I saw her final post from ac ouple of weeks back earlier today, and felt compelled to comment because while I read her work along the way I didn’t comment nearly as much as I normally would under different circumstances. In fact, my comment today was rather generic, but her response nails the reflective spirit of her blog more generally. I highly recommend you read her thinking through the differences between her blog posts and her written journal. God, it is so cool to see this kind of thinking out there.
Blogging ain’t dead, baby, it’s only just begun!