The easiest way to dispel a rumor is to verify it.Never mind where I've been. Never mind the date on this post. (It's August 2013 no matter what you think.) The truth: In the summer of 2011 I started using Google+ and I found the community there to be a better fit, more engaging than the blogosphere, or Facebook, or Twitter, or any of the other social media/Web x.0 thingies. You Tumblr and Pinterest fiends will have to make your own case.
Blogs still have a lot to offer in the higher-education environment, however. So rather than just "making" my classes write this fall, I'm joining in the fun. Here we go...