I came across a blog titled Blogging is the New Persuasive Essay by Shelley Wright yesterday. At first, the writer comes up a problem based on her years of teaching experience: students under current system are weak at writing a thesis statement that can be argued in spite of ability to embed quotations and use transition words. Later, she puts forward a solution that blogging should be taught as a skill in school as early as possible as it is a new persuasive essay mainly for two reasons. The one is that blogging is more useful than academic essays as it will be more frequently used after students leaving university. The other is that blogging has the potential to reach and influence more audience, which allows for interaction and for ideas to be tested.
To be honest, I cannot agree more with what she says. Firstly, as the tone used in a blog is similar to that in our daily conversation, I think blogging tend to be more practical compared to academic essay. However, I am not denying the benefits of learning to write academic essays in school. According to my own experience, such kind of writing has greatly contributed to my improvement of organizational skills for an essay as well as choice of words and building of sentences, which are the base of a good persuasive essay. Secondly, there is no doubt that blogging gives us more chance to interact with readers. For example, WordPress, a kind of blogging software, users can share the blog or leave a reply. Moreover, with the increasing number of readers, bloggers are likely to get feedback the same day they click “publish”. All these strengths make blogging a great way to develop the original idea further and more convincing.