Most of what is being said regarding blogs in composition has been said before. Looking at the ?Guidelines for Using Journals in School Settings? approved by the NCTE on Commission on Composition on November 28, 1986 drafted by [Toby] Fulwiler, it seems that the basic assumptions of learning through blogging have been stamped as legitimate. Jeff Ward –Journals [and Blogging] (This Public Address)
Jeff’s bulleted list is a great reminder that few things are really brand new. Of course, traditional journaling in academia doesn’t introduce the student-author to the benefit of links, searchable archives, near-instant feedback from readers, etc. So there’s still plenty of room for new research into blogs.