Wesleying is an interesting topic for discussion at Wesleyan. From what we can tell from our site stats is that most students read it daily (or some students are reading from six different computers a day which is sort of weird but ok, we’ll take it). A lot of faculty and staff are slowly admitting to read it. We can only assume that someone in the administration reads it. I mean, we can assume public relations does–like a hawk.
But most of the success of a blog (any blog) comes from the relationship between blogger and audience. That’s the fun part. That’s what distinguishes a blog like this from other things we could be doing. It’s dynamic. And given this, we can do a lot of things with it.
I’m thrilled at the proliferation of new student blogs like EON’s. It’s really satisfying watching students find a social medium where limitations are few and the costs are low.
Despite the ubiquity of “the blog” (because god knows everyone has a blog), a lot of people seem to want to relegate “the blog” into something less effectual than it could be. I’m probably more of the mindset to see the blog more than it actually is, admittedly, but at the same time I think it’s better to have too much faith than too little, sometimes.
So I’m putting it out there. What do you want Wesleyan’s “Blogosphere” to do for you? What can you do for Wesleyan’s Blogosphere? What are the stakes in creating a student space that, in many ways, lives and breathes entirely upon student effort. There is no one else to blame if it fails. But what is to gain if it succeeds?
What’s your take? What kind of space do you want to build?