E-mail, for example, is exclusively between the sender and receiver; though one may send messages to several boxes, not everyone has the option of becoming knowledgeable of that information.
Class forums also exclude the public from interaction, usually held solely between students and the instructor. The nature of these environments is not quite private [yet] are not quite public, either (Lowe); students in this password-protected classroom atmosphere, are safely sequestered from the discourse community of the Internet (Lowe).
On blogs, however, students can easily share a journal, not just with a teacher, another class member, or the entire class, but potentially with any interested reader on the Internet (Lowe), with time more motivated and comfortable expressing themselves (Ulicne in Kolberg).
Though blogs can introduce rather embarrassing situations, such as when introducing an outside blogger, for instance, Cochran mistakenly introduced Paige Miller as a she. The outcome of the interaction is beneficial for the student, pressing the student to push the boundaries of their experience. The interaction between Cochran and Miller, for example, spawned a relationship between the two bloggers; in the comments section, he related that he appreciate[d] the compliments (Miller in Cochran), despite the mistaken gender identity.
Girl Meets World: Mistaken Gender
by Amanda Cochran.
Updated by Amanda Cochran on 12-12-04.