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Class Blogs

September 18, 2009

Class Blogs

Our class used to have Yahoo groups for our readings and other take home assignments. Then I was amazed because we don’t have such when I was in high school. Consider me as not among the always-online-fellas. I just surf when I had to. Fast tracking about the online thingy, aside from the Yahoo groups application, I was also exposed to social networking – primarily to upload photos.

I was a student journalist and definitely I love writing. If you have read my previous post at then you’ll know why I don’t prioritize blogging before. And so I was aware what blogs are, I have posted some and have lots of friends who are active in blogging. As far as I know, my friends and I mainly blog for self expression.

Recently I discovered blogs being used for education, a tool for student-teacher learning. Fascinating! I took up journalism and we always have tons of paper works. How I wish our class outputs were published. That would be super cool. I brought up this topic so that those interested can use blogging for educational purposes.

Have a CLASS BLOG? Why not?

  1. Add me! I do believe that most college students are members of a social network and even had their class instructors in their friends (contact) list.

  2. Fun! Paper works are responsibilities Blogs are hobbies. Being too serious and focused on paper works can get so much stressful. With blogs, learning is fun.

  3. Not only can students and teachers discuss on their own, they get to share their views and receive comments from others.

  4. Writing is more enjoyable when you blog it. The thoughts just flow naturally from you.  All you have to do is put your hands in home base position and let your fingers press on the keys.

  5. Save money, save time. The posts need not to be printed. Therefore, no paper and no ink needed. Instead of checking papers manually, having things done via computer is more convenient.


Of Blogs and Stars

September 17, 2009

Of Blogs and Stars

I remember when I was a kid, I used to jump out of joy when I get a star. Every kid would die for a star. The more stars, the merrier. My teacher used to stamp it on my hand or draw it on my palm. Of course I show it to my classmates. Show off it may seem, but I’m just too proud to receive a star. It means I’m very good. It makes me happy. I actually let it stay marked on my skin for the longest time possible. As a kid I’m pretty full of excitement to share my achievements to the world. Extremely fired up to make my family proud of me, to make everybody proud of me.

I know you want a star!

I just love rewards. Everybody does. It comes in different forms. And a star is just perfect. At school, students are proud to be in the star section; to get a star for perfect exam; and to be a star in school activities. The same goes when an employee wants to be a star and get a promotion; when an athelete wants a star and be the best player; and when an actor wants to be star. It may be in a different package, but it’s a star that you want. And once you have it, you want to keep it and scream your heart out of joy. A shout out as Friendster says.

Here comes the blog part…

A blog to broadcast? Yes! Isn’t it just so STAR-rific? Here are some reasons:

  1. Share. You don’t only get to share your achievements to your family, friends and colleagues. Blogs are accessible to global audience. Not only star yourself, but you can also feature others worth starring.

  2. Express, Inspire, Educate. You’re not only expressing yourself to brag, blogs can inspire your readers and make them learn from you. Also, receiving a feedback from your readers can also inspire you to do better. The comments that you get are also stars.

  3. Free. There are many blog sites where you can sign up for free.

  4. Easy. You just have to let your fingers do the talking. There are no rules in writing blogs. Write whatever you want and how you want it to be written.

Confessions of a Blogger

September 15, 2009

Confessions of a Blogger

My notebook and my pen are my usual buddies when I used to write for a student publication. Writing is my passion and I confess that I have ignored an essential part of being a writer.

Now I find the time and the courage to unfold my confessions. This is something I really regret.

Here goes my confessions:

I took my blog for granted.

I have blog accounts but I rarely find the time to post new articles. I always get to think of blog ideas, but I just stored them in my cellphone–in case I find the time–which have left these could-have-been-blogs abandoned in my phone memory. And yes, these blog topics are still there eighty-sixed.

I did not exercise my freedom.

There it is waiting to press on the keys but I did not act as if I’m tied. Not practicing freedom is a misuse of freedom. I could have enjoyed the freedom of self-expression and of the press if only I wrote at least a blog in a week, but I was too busy for blogging. I know it’s not an excuse and I admit that’s just so stupid of me.

I have forsaken my blog community.

Since I rarely visit my blog site, it’s implied that I too have not communicated with my blog community. If only I made blogs regularly then other bloggers would know of me. If only I blogged my opinions and ideas then the other bloggers would learn and get inspired. If only I have shared my memories then my friends and I should’ve kept in touch. But I didn’t. I have deserted my blog. I am a cast away from the blog community.

I banned myself from fame.

There are millions of bloggers around the world and the Internet enables like-minded bloggers to create their community despite ocean-apart distances. I could have made myself known to blog communities, but I have kept myself curbed. And I have missed posting comments on others’ blogs and have missed the comments they could have given mine.

I ignored fortune.

I paid no attention to something that could have paid me. Yes, blogging could have given me fortune. Blogs can be used for products or service promotion, blog ads, affiliate marketing, etc. Blogs can be used for business purposes, as per Internet marketing, but regretfully I did not use mine.

Having a blog is a must for writers. And anyone can own a blog.

I have fearlessly revealed my confessions and I hope I won’t be doing any confessions after this. Now it’s time that I pay for my regrets and this blog is my new beginning.