Like all students who grew up during the transition of large, heavy encyclopedias that couldn't be checked out of the library to encyclopedias online that could be accessed from any computer with dial-up internet, the age of the internet had a great impact on my learning experience. There's something nostalgic, even, about the concept of going to the library to do research out of books instead of using a computer. But I think that learning from the internet, including blogs, is so much more natural and carefree than intentional encyclopedia learning.
Even though I'm not currently teaching Spanish, I still follow two bloggers: Kristy Placido, who I mentioned in a previous post, and http://zachary-jones.com/zambombazo/. Zambombazo is a website that I've told my students time and again is my favorite website. The authentic approach to learning Spanish is unique and I love how it utilizes current events in the free, downloadable assignments.
A blog that I recently started following for my yoga/Pilates classes is http://www.blogilates.com. I really like the workouts that Cassey does, and I use many of them and adapt them to my own classes. In addition to using the workouts that she does, the website is also a good springboard for thinking of my own ideas. I check Blogilates at least 3 or 4 times a week.
I think in general, learning from the internet is a positive thing because of the massive variety of topics, in addition to the speed in which information can be acquired. The blaring risk is that the source might not be reliable. I think it is getting a little better, but people still tend to believe what they read without making sure that the source is reliable. There are satirical websites, like The Onion, that occasionally have articles that get spread around with people who don't recognize that the article is meant to be a joke. Students need to be continually reminded to check their sources, but I do think that the internet is a quicker, easier way to do research than previous methods.