Create a Journal
A journal is a private area where students can reflect on course content, activities, and exercises, flesh out ideas, and comment on course topics or themes - among numerous other potetnial uses. In blackboard, blogs and journals are essentially the same thing (to my way of thinking, but I'm sure that there are those out there who will disagree), the primary difference is that journals are private by default, i.e. only viewable by instructor and student. They can, however, be set for observation by an entire class.
You can add a journal through the Add Interactive Tool menu in a content area, but here, just to shake things up a bit, we're going to create one through the course tools menu and then link to it.
Create, edit, comment on, and grade journal entries