Maybe adopt a buddy/mentor for at least first week of weblogging. Get established webloggers to give some time to set number of students just to pump that adolescent ego for the first week or so of weblogging. At least they will know they aren’t just pumping words into dead air (I know you will be reading it, but as we both know teachers don’t count as audience.)
What a great idea! I’ve been so hell bent on getting journalism mentors that the idea of a blog buddy went under the radar. So, class starts on November 10. I have 20 or so students. Anyone interested in introducing the fine art of Web logging to a high school journalism student or two?