Last month, I joined the College Blogs Network (cblogs.net). Today, I accepted an offer to join up with Kelly Xiayu Jin as an administrator for the site. Kelly and I will be working to on a number of goals in the next year, but, in particular, expanding the number of bloggers using (or listed on) the site. I whole-heartedly believe in the mission of collecting “unofficial, unfiltered” online writings from college students around the country. What is the use of such a network? I see it primarily as revealing academic institutions’ true colors. The blogs should and will mirror real life on respective campuses from California to the Carolinas. Who better to talk about a University than its own students? It’s time to take a step back from glossy catalogues depicting students discussing philosophy in fall foliage and move forward to reveal what a school really is like.
If you know of any (to use a Ben Casnocha phrase) “high-potential young people” who would be interested in writing about their college or already write about their alma mater, please let me know. The only way for the network to grow is by referrals because certainly the task of reading every college student MySpace blog or LiveJournal can be a daunting task. Thanks for your help in growing the College Blogs Network.