My big thought from all this, and I promise there is one, is that this is why I've had my students start blogging. (There's nothing like the zeal of the converted.) I know what blogging has done for me as a writer and a teacher and I want that for my students. For me, blogging has been transformative.
I don’t see “transformation” as a particularly strong selling point for the blogging practice since transformative experiences are generally unsettling to people.Doug makes a really good point here. Expecting this result for my students is ambitious and probably just a bit unrealistic. Knowing this won't stop me for having them blog, but hopefully it will mean that I'm not crushed when blogging doesn't change their lives as learners.
And, if by chance, one of them really latches onto this, it will have been worth it. And if not, it certainly gives me more to reflect on.