Well, then we have all reach the “final task”. It`s kind of a mixed feeling, finishing the blog – in some way it`s nice to step back, leave it behind, and just enjoy what you have accomplished. On the other hand, I have actually enjoyed this work a lot – shaping my own blog, making a quite huge, comprehensive assignment. It has actually been quite okay to work on one big task for a longer period of time, which has made us able to shape it the way we want to, individually. Each and one of us has ended up with different results, we have put different amount of work in to it, as well as a different degree of commitment and passion.
First of all, I have (for the first time ever) written a blog. The blog-genre allows you to use an oral form of writing, which I have appreciated. You don`t need to write all formal and “boring”, and this also affects the creativity. As long as you answer the main task, you have much scope for your own inputs. I can also use it to write my analysis, almost like a “mind map”, with all my thoughts gathered in one place. We can define the blog as a “research” and the analysis as a reduced summary, containing only the most crucial.
Another side effect of using this kind of genre is the fact that it is online. You got access to all your classmates` blogs, in the same way as they got access to yours. As well as writing and answering task individually, another part of this project has been to read and comment on the others` blogs. This is a bidirectional learning process, where one of you may learn something new, as well as getting some inspiration, at the same time as the other part gets constructive criticism to help them improve their work – it`s a win-win situation! If you are able to reflect upon how the others are working, and actually learn something from it, you can use it to improve your own work and maybe to get some new, exciting ideas and views.
You are not just writing for yourself or for a teacher – you actually got an audience (a critical one!). In some ways, it feels more “meaningful” just because of that – knowing that somebody is actually reading your writing. As I shorty mentioned, not just the feedback you give, but also the feedback you get, is both a help/an indication and a little pressure. I can only speak for myself, but knowing that someone is reading and criticising my work, it makes me wanting to perfect it even better. Maybe not to “impress”, but rather to make a good impression in some way – by performing your very best, you will probably get satisfied with your work, and therefor it`s not that intimidating showing it off to others. I think this kind of pressure is good, as it pushes you to make the most out of it, when you at the same time get criticism from a “safe” level – your classmates.
In that way you can`t just write whatever you want to; Because of the comments, you need to be able to explain your statements to prove their trueness (you actually need to read the book, as well as understanding your own statements). You need a clear insight in your own book, so you can explain the task properly and understandable to your classmates. Some questions is also harder to answer, and may force you to reflect on a deeper level than you are mainly used to. This is a quite complicated learning process in itself, and an important part of the entire project, by my opinion.
If you haven`t already noticed my enthusiasm for the project by now, I actually have even more positive criticism on my mind. I absolutely find it as a productive way of working with a book; you read with a more critical eye, searching for clues and a deeper meaning, aware of that you are supposed to reflect upon it later (in the task/analysis). It has for sure made me into a more observant reader, as I have written about my thoughts and impressions, not just after, but also during the reading process. I have been taking notes while reading and I have been picking up details I normally would have missed.
I have chosen a quite long book, and I`m not quite finished reading it. Despite that, I do not feel like running out of time either. Because of the blog, my analysis is already shaped and on its way, and I can now just relax reading the last few pages, and then puzzle all my pieces together to the final picture – my analysis.