Starting a Blog or: The Ethics of Blogging for a Grade

I’ve wanted to blog for years. Reading blogs is an important part of my internet lifestyle. I’m also a writer. So blogging has always been something I’ve wanted to do. The trick is actually putting forth the effort. Planning out posts, posting on a regular schedule, actually having something that people besides my mom will want to read. These are all big obstacles that kept me from really blogging before. But now, I have the right motivation. Or do I?

When I signed up for my Modern American Poetry class, I mostly knew what I was getting into. Reading some of my favorite poets, talking about excellent poetry with other English majors, and generally growing as a writer and reader. The professor had mentioned that he might require us to blog. I thought that was cool. I knew what I was getting into when I signed up for this class. But now I’ve come to a conundrum.

What are the ethics of blogging for a grade? My blog posts will be thirty percent of my grade. Thirty! Even though I’ve wanted to blog for a long time, is it really appropriate to start a blog for the sole purpose of passing a class? I’m not so sure it is. It seems like a certain amount of betrayal to potential readers. But then again, plenty of people blog for the sole purpose of making money. Heck, even writers of poetry and fiction, while I know there is a certain love for writing that goes into choosing that profession, write to earn a living. And well, if writing for money is alright, then perhaps writing for a grade is too.

It still seems strange to me, so I’ve given myself extra tasks this semester. This isn’t going to just be a poetry blog. This is going to be my blog. I’m going to talk about things that are important to me. Like Feminism, Christianity, and of course gaming. It’s going to be a hodgepodge of topics, but then again, so am I. So in the next few weeks, I’ll be officially blogging for school, and doing my best to post at least one other post every week on another topic. Because I’m not just blogging for a grade.

I’m blogging for me.