Of course now students regularly produce all kinds of content. In my media class, for example, finding a student who doesn't have a YouTube account is rare.
That being said I wonder if the concept of blogging is waning? Are new technologies taking over the space? Here on the JUA we are always trying to keep ahead of the curve so I pulled up some analytics data to see how this year compared to last. Although we are creating just as much content on the site, our blog viewership is down year-to-date:
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Note that today's data is obviously incomplete so we may see a bump there.
On the other hand we have seen a massive up tick in student and staff Twitter use with hundreds of tweets demonstrating excellent use of tags, photos, mentions and brand interaction. I find this not only fascinating, but also hilarious because just last year all of my students had one of the following three responses when I told them we were going to use Twitter:
- A) Huh? Twitter? What's that?
- B) I don't get it
- C) I thought Twitter was for old people