For a class with such a heavy reading load, blogging like this seems to be the most effective method of making everyone read and analyze all of the texts without bashing us all over the head with a brutal all-inclusive final exam. Personally, I find these more lax and critical short reviews to be an appropriate medium for this class. Since cli-fi is a burgeoning genre that is picking up traction, it is good to get our reviews out there (specifically on Amazon as well) to let the public know about this genre and its works. This is particularly useful for works such as Squarzoni’s which are not very well-known works of literature yet.
Right now, I have 9 posts on the blog and have posted a few comments on others’ posts as well. Personally, I find this to be a satisfactory amount, and it is above the minimum. In the second half of the semester, my goal is to read on comment on some other students’ short reviews to try to build up more discussion of the literature outside of class.
My one gripe about the blog is the same that some others have stated: there is very little interaction from people outside of our class. In fact, the only people outside our class who have posted on the blog are these strange spam bots who post some hilariously nonsense in almost-English. While it may be too late now, moving the blog to a traditional WordPress site that is not through Temple may allow for our blog to receive much more outside traction. For instance, in my one history class, we have a blog that isn’t through Temple that receives thousands of hits every month from people all around the world, and students from France, England, and even some Asian countries are always posting on it. Maybe Temple could open up our blog, or maybe there is some way to move it to a traditional WordPress site. This class has really gotten me interested in this subgenre and I really would like to see how casual people who are not studying this subject would react to our blog posts.