I’m tired of organizations trying to use catch phrases, such as “blog”, when they really have no idea what they’re talking about. Case in point:
The Colorado School of Mines has a some Student ‘blogs’ on their First-Year Students page.
The first thing I would like to draw your attention to is the complete flip of gender diversity. Mines is predominately male. I’m not sure if there are any statistics someplace, but it’s easily 4:1 (that would be four males for every one female).
Second, take a look at the content. That’s not a blog. It’s a “What I do at Mines when I’m not in class” page with the date put on the top and some pictures thrown in for good measure.
Third, (and I’m going to pick on Jessica because I know her) there are only 5 posts for the entire school year (and we only have about two weeks left). Yes, I know there really isn’t a rule that says you must update at least every xx number of days, but please! Last year, I had arount 650 posts (or almost 2 a day). Since the end of March, I’ve had 8 posts about Mines alone (see more: Posts on Mines).
If they’re really trying to give students a real idea of what’s going on, why not just link to student blogs?
Let’s do that! If you go to Mines, leave a comment with your name and blog URL. I’ll start…
Another reason it’s not a blog? You can’t post comments!