AS ANTOIN has noted, the global blogging movement has forked from being over-laden with geeks and now represents the interests of the MySpace generation. That happened rather abruptly in Ireland since February 2005 and is reflected in more than 1100 active Irish bloggers. Most of those bloggers who started less than a year ago do not know the elder statesmen of Irish blogging. That's not important but it is important to avoid mistakes and to focus on things that work.
I wouldn't stay with blogging if it wasn't for those who show me ways to integrate blogging into teaching. Clarence Fisher is one of those people. As an award-winning educator in Canada, he offers ways to enhance academic courses with blogging on the side. If you are a teacher, you should look at his initiatives.
Fisher made an aggregate of his student blogs with suprglu. He runs a class blog at edublogs. He has a class wiki for collaborative projects. His classes use podcasts and the counter at www.ourmedia.org/user/64328 says those podcasts have downloaded more than 1400 times. By clicking through the work of his students, I can see ways to improve my own third level lecturing, the quality of student comments and the finishing of our academic podcasts.