Cornell Blogs: The Next Generation

A year ago, Chronicle Online posted a story about the Life on the Hill project. In addition to highlighting the new University-sponsored student blogs, the article provided a comprehensive list of all Cornell blogs. Now that a year has passed, let’s revisit these blogs to see how they are doing now.

Student blogging project
Alex Payne ’09
Ben Crovella ’07: inactive
Caroline Dias ’08
Jennifer Lin ’09
Jenna Bromberg ’08
Nikki Gusz ’08

Other student blogs
Charlotte Acharya, Grad: almost exclusively baby pictures
Elliott Back ’06: no more breaking Cornell news
Christian Montoya ’07: inactive, old content gone
Stephen Miller: inactive, old content gone
Erica Mallare ’08: inactive
Shane Murphy, Grad: old content gone, farewell note remains
Claudia Rodriguez ’08: now a wedding blog
Dean Strelau: inactive, old content gone
Center for Jewish Living student residence: inactive
President of Facebook: Cornell-related posts are just follow-ups
AdmitSpit — Polina Minkin ’10 contributes to this nationwide group blog on admissions and academics: inactive

Semi-anonymous freshman blogs
Bungee Jump: inactive
Cornell Days: inactive
Karma Moths: one post in the last two months
Wasting Forty Grand: inactive

General Cornell blogs
Overheard at Cornell: two posts in the last two months
– Livejournal message boards http://community.livejournal.com/cornell/ and http://community.livejournal.com/cornell_u/: not exactly blogs to begin with
MetaEzra — a group blog by Matthew Nagowski ’05, Andy Guess ’05 and Marc Zawel ’04: slowly becoming less Cornell-related

Ivy League-wide blogs
IvyGate: pumping out multiple posts on most days
IvyLeak: inactive, old content gone

Although some of these remain active, most aren’t, especially when accounting for the Life on the Hill blogs which are expected to meet a certain quota. According to BusinessWeek, “after 3 months on average, most bloggers realize that writing about their politics, launch haunts, or co-workers isn’t for them”. That makes sense based on what we see above. However, the same post says “we’re still seeing growth in the blogosphere”. It appears the same cannot be said for the Cornell blogosphere.

There have been virtually no new players during the last year. There are three new Life on the Hill blogs: Alex Cain ’10, Matt Hintsa ’10, and Joe McCourt ’10. Cornell Abroad came out with its own version called Voices from Cornell Abroad, a group blog by three students studying overseas. Engineering Admissions has several blogs as well (why they are hosted on Blogger is beyond me).

So far, all of these are Cornell-sponsored endeavors. As far as independent blogs go, the offering are slim. OTR, a network of college-oriented blogs, launched Cornell OTR. Despite high activity last summer, there hasn’t been a post in the last month. There is also CornellNewsWatch, but that is news aggregator rather than a blog. It does provide additional exposure to the few remaining Cornell blogs in an easy-to-digest format, so it deserves a mention for that.

Are these the last days of blogging at Cornell? They very well could be.

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4 Responses to Cornell Blogs: The Next Generation

  1. facts health says:

    Guess who just brightened up my day? :) Thanks a lot!

  2. kramtark says:

    Haha, yes, there does seem to be quite a lack of independent Cornell bloggers. And my blog isn’t exactly very interesting at the moment.

    Anyway, it’s fair to say that the “comprehensive” list provided by the Chronicle was never entirely comprehensive. There are at least a couple of (active) blogs related to Cornell not mentioned on the list. Also, classes are only just beginning to put up blogs presenting material from that class (e.g., http://animationhistory.blogspot.com/ , which is pretty darn awesome).

  3. Idetrorce says:

    very interesting, but I don’t agree with you
    Idetrorce

  4. Sam Jackson says:

    The fate of the Cornell bloggy scene may seem up in the air right now, but I think that it’s been a pretty good year for student blogging. More on that in the weeks ahead : )

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