Ships of Hagoth espouses the beliefs voiced by Gideon Burton in “Chasing the White Whale of Literary Blogging.”
I recommend reading his essay in its entirety. But here are a few excerpts in case you’re pressed for time:
I am on a quest to change how students write about literature in the digital age and how we who teach them may guide that process. Here is my claim: Students of literature should set aside the standard research paper and use blogging as their main means for writing and research….
What is timely and shared may have as much or more value as what is put into a more finished and perfected form — in part because it can lead more efficiently to more formal treatment by inviting interest and involving readers early to be critics or even collaborators….
Blogging encourages students to become process- rather than product-oriented. The many tentative, informal, largely uncoordinated posts that make up a student literary blog end up documenting a process that proves as valuable as a more formal academic product….
When students are process-oriented, they are more flexible in their approach, and more critical of their own methods. Rather than hewing to the set standards of a formal academic genre, they are charged with the task of accounting for their own thinking. This licenses them to play, but makes that playfulness serious. It gives them permission to fail, providing them at once the means to redeem those failures. So long as they keep the narrative going of their experiments, those experiments will be seen as such, and will have discernible, if unpredictable, results.
For more information on how to successfully participate in this, or any other digital scholarship community, we recommend the blog for Dr. Burton’s BYU course on the subject: thedigitalwriter.blogspot.com