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Reflective writing and blogs: How to write a blog

This guide will show you how to write a blog for university assessments.

How to write a blog

A blog (short for “weblog”) is a personal journal on the web where you integrate your personal experience with evidence and analysis. You may be asked to submit a blog entry as part or all of an assessment task. Typically students submit their blog entries to an appropriate location on the course BlackBoard site.

Blogs are different to reflective journal writing because:

  1.  They are written to share with other people.
  2. They require frequent updating.

Note: Sometimes the terms 'reflective writing' and 'blogs' are used interchangeably. If unsure, check with your lecturer to see if they want a piece of reflective writing completed online, or a blog.


  • Are less formal than essays and reports.
  • The argument you put forward includes evidence, but also your own perspective.
  • Allow you to be creative with the structure (unless you have been provided with a structure from your lecturer).
  • Use short paragraphs, bullet points, bold text, italics, underlining, and headings. 
  • Use images, videos, and links to demonstrate your thinking.
  • Require referencing.


There are generally four types of blogs used for assessment tasks. However, blog post assessments and expectations will vary across disciplines and lecturers. Always ask your lecturer for clarification.

     Types of blogs

From:  Hamilton College (2019) Writing Academic Blogs. Retrieved from:

Tips and hints

  • Have a purpose and type of blog in mind before you begin to write your blog.
  • Stick to the word limit.
  • Keep your paragraphs and sentences short and understandable.
  • Keep your design simple and free of visual clutter.
  • If you are using images, cite them correctly


Structure of a blog

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