Online journaling: The informal writings of two adolescent girls

Barbara Guzzetti, Margaret Gamboa

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

48 Scopus citations


One under-researched writing practice of today's millennial youth is online journaling. Despite the plethora of online journals on the Internet and their ubiquitous use by adolescents, little research has been conducted on online journaling as a literacy practice. The purpose of this study was, therefore, to explore how and why adolescents choose to read and compose online journals as electronic texts. Through a framework of literacy as a social practice, these case studies describe how two adolescent girls responded to these post-typographical texts to, in turn, design their own texts. This study describes each girl's use of online journals and how they used online journaling for social connection, identity formation and representation, and as a link to school literacy assignments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)168-206
Number of pages39
JournalResearch in the Teaching of English
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language


Dive into the research topics of 'Online journaling: The informal writings of two adolescent girls'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this