Amazingly, I’ve been an admissions blogger for a bit over twelve months now. One thing I’ve noticed about this site in the past year is that most individual entries have a relatively short half-life – that is, the readership of each entry decays pretty rapidly. The ten most recent posts have rather high visibility when they remain on the front page – but that only lasts for a week. What happens after that?
Well, once an entry leaves the main page, you can find it two places: the personal archive of the blogger who wrote it, or the general information pages accessible by the colorful navigation bar at the top of this page. That’s one of the great features of the Admissions website as a whole, because it shows how the blogs are fully integrated with the core content of the site. When you read about MIT – whether you’re exploring MIT’s Majors & Minors or The Match – you don’t just get the Admissions Office’s view of things…you get a student’s perspective as well.
Nonetheless, there are currently upwards of 2750 entries (written over a little more than four years!), which translates to a lot of verbiage. And while there’s nothing wrong with new posts, every now and then I get kind of nostalgic for old posts. Some things have changed about MIT in the past four years – but many things haven’t, and I think it’s important to recognize this.
There are some truly beautiful entries here.
So that’s the motivation behind this entry: to repost some of the “oldies but goodies” from blogger days of yore – to reverse the exponential decay of the MITblogs, as it were. I’ve gone through and picked out one favorite or representative entry from (almost) all the bloggers and blogger alums. (Apologies to the new bloggers…)
If I didn’t post one of your favorite entries, post the link in the comments!