The Practice of Weblogging at the Center for Information and Communication Sciences

At the Center for Information and Communication Sciences at Ball State University, our Human Factors Institute has conducted a long-running experiment in producing weblogs for professionals.

Starting about 2003, the Center’s weblog community has hosted about 50-75 weblogs a year. For comparison, when our 20,000-student university itself hosted an undergraduate weblog recruiting project, they featured about a dozen freshman and sophomore bloggers per year.

So the Center’s weblog community has hosted more than 650 bloggers over its 13 years of existence. It’s one of the longest-running and biggest weblog projects in information systems education in the USA.

As such, virtually every master’s degree candidate that works in the Center writes a professional weblog. I believe we may be the only graduate program, or one of few, that requires production of a weblog information product of its candidates, rather than as a personal elective.

Of course, many people produce weblogs in today’s knowledge society.

That’s the point. If you are going to leverage the internet for professional development and global visibility, you have to be a player, not an onlooker.

Center alumnus Joel Patrick, who helped initiate the Human Factors Institute weblog endeavor, estimates that of 100 people who interact with weblogs on the internet, 90 are readers only, 9 further make comments, and only 1 of 100 actually writes a weblog, presumably reading and commenting as well.

Thank you to the 2016-2017 Center Weblog architects, Dallas Stiller and Matthias Tankersley, under the direction of the Center’s Chief Technology Officer, Kirsten Smith.