What's the difference between a journal and a blog? Well, a journal is essentially private, and a blog is a pubic record of your experience. Many of the same principles of thinking and writing about what's going on inside of you while you are overseas apply whether you are keeping a journal or writing a blog, so please have a look at the following tips on blogging and journaling.
Are you interested in blogging about your study abroad experience? Think you have what it takes to represent UI Study Abroad through our official blog site: www.uiabroad.com ?
Then consider becoming a Study Abroad Blogger! The requirements are minimal; we only ask that you blog a minimum of twice a month during your time abroad. We will provide the tools that you need so all you have to do is supply us with your thoughts, comments, stories and pictures/videos to share! Read more about the requirements  and download the application form here . Applications will be reviewed in early June for fall semester/academic year programs and in early January for spring semester programs.
Go here  to read an article from Forbes listing the “Top 10” travel blogs.
This site  showcases well-written blogs from people traveling to amazing places.
There are a few online magazines that will accept stories or posts produced by current or returned study abroad students. Glimpse often hires foreign correspondents. You can visit their site here to see if they're hiring. Native Foreigner  magazine reaches out to returned study abroad students. If you'd like to submit an article, you can check out their submission guidelines here . Finally, World Celebration Blog collects study abroad student recommendations and insights and shares these with the world. Post something by visiting their website .
Used with permission from Sylvie Burnet-Jones, University of Colorado-Boulder; Barbara Kappler, University of Minnesota; and the website of the International Centre, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
Think of a journal as a written and visual record of your experience abroad that you will have for years to come. You can document your travels, display souvenirs, describe a city, tell a story about someone you met on the train, keep a vocabulary list, or analyze a political discussion that you heard that day. You can start now -- before you leave -- and continue journaling after your return. You won’t regret it.