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The following article is a case study of Lydia, an eleventh-grade blogger. I observed her writing in Honor’s English class, and I obtained samples of her previous essays. I wanted to see if there is a pattern in the writing style of her blogs and her inclass essays. I found that blogging may influence her language, but the format of her inclass writing tends to be dictated by teachers. However, in her blogs, the author appears more open with format and style. The seemingly relaxed and informal nature of blogs may give way to deep connections between the text and her audience somewhat disparate from the standard in-class essay.


Presented at Graduate English Association New Voices Conference 2008, pp. 1-23.