Past, Present & Future

Under this topic, we discus how blogs have been used in the past, how they are currently being used, and may be used in the future to teach and promote learning.

Past, Present and Future


In the past, travel blogs were the most popular form of blogs found on the Internet (Magnini, 2012; Banyai & Glover, 2012).  Maintaining a travel blog continues to be a popular method of recording and sharing experiences about places and people. For example, travelers may want to record where they have been, where they are going, and share notes on their experiences. The article by Ekdale et al (2010) discusses the rise of blogging at the terrorism events of September 11th, 2001, due to the growing demand for news and reviews of events as they are unfolding made possible largely through access to mobile technologies. Blogs have been used for well over a decade as a tool to support learning.


Currently, there have been significant advances in using blogs for educational purposes (Meinecke, 2013). Blogs are currently being used by students of all ages and backgrounds. Some students use blogs to share ideas, while other students may use blogs to reflect upon ideas that they may be researching. Teachers may use blogs to organize and focus information to present to students.


In the future, blogs will continue to be used where there is a need for reflection or to provide access to “real time” or current information (Banyai, 2012; Ekdale, Namkoong &  Perlmutter, 2010).  Blogs will also be used to promote and market products and services, regardless of industry (Magnini, Crotts, & Zahrer, 2012).  There will probably be many new ways that blogs could be used in the future, especially where there is a need to share and present information to a wide audience.


Banyai, M. and Glover, T. (2012).  Evaluating Research Methods on Travel Blogs. Journal of Travel Research. 51(1), 267-277 doi: 10.1177/0047287511410323

Meinecke, A., Smith, K., and Lehmann-Willenbrock, N. (2013). Developing Students As Global Learners: ”Groups in Our World” Blog. Small Group Research. 44(2), 428-245. doi: 10.1177/1046496413487020

Magnini, V., Kara, D., Crotts, J. and Zehrer, A. (2012).  Culture and service-related positive disconfirmations: An application of travel blog analysis. Journal of Vacation Marketing. 18(1), 251- 257.  doi: 10.1177/1356766712449371

Ekdale, B., Namkoong, K., Fung T. and Perlmutter, D. (2010). Why blog? (then and now): exploring the motivations for blogging by popular American political bloggers. New Media Society, 12(1), 217-234. doi: 10.1177/1461444809341440

– James Cantafio