I really like blogging; I find that blogs allow for people to write in an entertaining/fascinating way while still getting important (or sometimes not so important) information across. For example, the blog about Baghdad Burning blog that was linked to our website conveys a young women's experience in way that is truly eye opening and full of information that the average American would never receieve, yet it is done in a way that feels more personalized then a book, due to the nature of blogging - which is consistent and updated - rather than a book, which is stagnant. On the less serious sides, blogs are an excellent way for people to get out their opinions about vairous political beliefs or other interests, and again, they differ from books in the fact that they are interactive due to comments and responses. Both of these elements I believe allow for blogs to often make a greater impact than books, even though that in and of itself is a cause of concern.
I have used blogs in an independent reading project within my classroom, and I am planning on adding a link to show one of my student's off. I find that students really liked the personalized nature of blogs and therefore felt more comfortable sharing their opinions. The blogs also very much allowed for my students to add more creativity about their book - meaning pictures and seperated quotes - than the traditional essay would have allowed for.
This, of course, asks the questions - will blogging and wikis become the essays/ preferred method of writing in educational future? If so, what larger implications will this have in terms of literature and writing?