Nice observations and takeaways indeed, which is probably the main reason I found it on Google. Getting mad with blogging is quite useful if properly used for academic purpose. Although it can also be quite alienating at times, it does pay off if students learn the basic tenets of blogging early in their course. The blog sums up quite most of the building blogs to maintaining a good academic blog as a student. Speaking of events, we had once enacted a debate based blog where two teams were supposed to blog on the same topic and the other students were supposed to promote or comment in them. It was more of a war in the comments, than what was initially talked about in the blog itself. 🙂