Although many graduate students and professionals are already using the blog genre to comment on current events or personal experiences, it seems relatively few are utilizing the scholarly potential of blogs. In 2005, Susan Herring, et al. released a study building on previous blog scholarship viewing blogs as highly community oriented and generally centered on commentary on news events. In 2003, Herrington and her colleagues coded and classified the use of hundreds of blogs into three category types: "filters, personal journals, and k-logs" (147). K-logs are defined by the authors as blogs whose "primary content was information and observations focused around a(n) external topic, project or product" (147). Of the nearly 200 blogs sorted into categories in the study, only six were listed as k-logs, or 3 percent of the study (151).
Clearly, k-logs are the most relevant for grad students and professionals. By limiting blogs to a professional focus graduate students and new instructors are able to prove their willingness to participate in the scholarly conversation and also mark their blogs as sites of storage and production for academic work. Although ancient journals and commonplace books tended to reflect many facets of the author's life, focusing blogs on scholarship allows grad students to guard their professional identities and marks particular blogs as places of academic rather than personal production. Blogscholar.com is one of several sites categorizing different blogs, both personal and group oriented, that focus on academic life. A similar listing is also available at the Chronicle of Higher Education website and allows academics to add their own blogs to a growing list of scholars using blogging to attain and test out new knowledge.
In the hectic world of academics, modern graduate students and educators may find real benefits when using blogs as storehouses of scholarly work, future writing topics, and colleague feedback. Thanks to the consistent access to the Internet, blogs are portable and adaptable storehouses for the modern scholar that may be retrieved and edited virtually anywhere. The ability to archive papers and projects from a career of coursework may be especially appealing to students who frequently have no on-campus office in which to store files. Access and order in the chaos of finalized projects are not the only benefits of blogging. Viewing the entire body of one's work may also help scholars better position themselves in their chosen fields and may also serve as impetus for invention, or inventio in the terms of ancient Greek rhetors, for upcoming projects. As students continue to build a repository of ideas – both past and future – in this online space, blogs continue their usefulness not only as places of storage, but also as places of production.