Blogging- Would you do it if you didn't have to?


      Most people in my English class agreed that they wanted to keep the Ning running for as long as possible.  It would be great to have something for people to share their ideas publicly during the summer, but then why didn’t we take advantage of this earlier?  It seems to me that not too many people check the Ning as frequently as they do their social networking sites, and only did required blog posts.  So this summer will we be self motivated to blog when it’s not assigned?

      One of my favorite websites is the homepage of Yahoo.  They have stories on all different kinds of topics and always have new content.  I’d like to see our website like that too, but we’ll need to break some of the blogging rules.  Our topics for blog posts need to be related to English class, which is fine if that is what you know the most about, but I think if we really want to create unique content that we can learn from, then we should be able to blog about whatever we want to share.  If you’re a good enough blogger, you can sign up with adSense, which will pay you for visitors.  Sounds interesting, right?

Would you blog on your own if you could blog on any topic?

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Comment by Margaret Chojnowska on May 18, 2012 at 2:21pm

If all the people who use the ning could use their own topics I would probably be on here more. If more people blogged about what they wanted to there would be more variety and probably some more interesting things to read. I personaly love going on yahoo and looking at all the different blogs they have because most of the time I only blog because i have to. However, when people blog about what they want, it usually tends to get whiny so sometimes its good to have a limit on what you can write.

Comment by Katherine Bulman on May 18, 2012 at 10:40pm

Actually, its pretty awesome that we get to blog about anything we want to with Mrs. Berdick. As long as it ties into English class, it is an acceptable blogging topic. I think this is fantastic because with a little work everything (or almost everything) can tie back to English class. Another thing though is that it is hard for me to blog. When I write a blog I feel a dry unnatural tone, and I don't really write them because I want to, I write them because I have to. So I will probably not continue blogging, but I will continue writing. =)

Comment by Yuri Shibata on May 20, 2012 at 3:29pm

I really happy with the amount of freedom we are given already. This is blog is for an English class so the rule of blogging about something that ties to English is essential, in my opinion. Even if we have to blog about something that ties with English, there are still many different topics that could be blogged about. There are so many things that could be in someway related to English. To answer your question, I honestly wouldn't. I'm not very big on social networking and blogging. 

Comment by Neel Saunshi on May 22, 2012 at 4:44pm

Blogging  is a great way to express what every you want to talk about it. I never really thought about blogging until our teachers started implementing blogs into the curriculum. Over the course of this year I enjoyed sharing my experiences about the books I read and learning about how to make my blog more appealing to the readers. I would like to blog more often , but I probably won't, at least for a while.    

Comment by Rachel Lee on May 22, 2012 at 5:03pm

I think that is a really good idea! I love how you compared with exercising. :))

I feel like when we know that we have to blog about the required book blogs and quarter blogs, we sometimes fear before but, once we start writing, we could expand the ideas and really tell what we feel about stuffs. So since we love writing on Ning, decorating NING with blogs about various, whatever topics would be really nice. I'm not 100% sure if I'll be blogging in summer, but we should all try . Good job on your blog!

Comment by Nick Ratajczyk on May 23, 2012 at 5:44pm


I think that you are right.  If people were able to write about whatever they wanted to on the ning then there would be a lot more posts and discussions.  However, if a person is allowed to write about more than just English on the ning, then it wouldn't be the High School ENGLISH Ning.  Basically, the restriction on only writing about English is okay.  I do like how Miss Berdick allows us to write about anything that relates to English itself and not just English class because you can pretty much connect anything to English.  With motivation, sorry English teacher, but I don't really think there will be much commenting on the ning over the summer.  Unless someone reads a really good book and has to post it, it probably won't happen.  By the way, I like your motivation picture.

Comment by Soumik Biswas on May 27, 2012 at 11:33am

I really like the picture, too. I was a little bit surprised at the fervor with which most of our classmates called for the continuation of the Ning. It might sound cynical, but I don't think that most of them will continue to post on the Ning with the advent of summer vacation, despite their energetic claims. I feel that if someone were to continue blogging, it would be on a personal blog, where the freedom of topic is unlimited.

Comment by Erik Danford-Klein on May 27, 2012 at 2:09pm

Sorry I can't get rid of the underline.

I think that the best part of the blog is the numerous things you can write about. If I want a book I can look here to see what books are recomended and what books were not very good.

Comment by Ryan Comstock on May 28, 2012 at 8:42am

I enjoy blogging but I don't think that I will take the time to write an entire blog without having been asigned it.

Comment by John Park on May 29, 2012 at 5:44am

I would blog even it I did not have too, because I like to talk about things that i want to share with other people around the world. I would also like to share the things I believe in to the world that does not know me. 


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