Reasons to be blogging ... 1 2 3....


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I'm often asked why I blog. What's the attraction? Is it worth the effort? How do I keep it going? Here are 5 reasons:

Firstly, blogging keeps me focused and engaged. I'm always seeking new ideas and content for my next blog. When you write regularly, you're always on the look out for new content. Also, you're only as good as your last blog post! This means that I try to be actively engaged with everything I do and see as I hunt for new images, methods, projects and ideas that can be used for education contexts. Then I blog about them.

Secondly, blogging helps me to think more clearly.  I write and compose a post as a means of turning my abstract thoughts and disparate ideas into some coherent and meaningful whole. This post for example, started life as a series of notes on my smartphone after a conversation. You might be surprised how many posts I actually discard. Those that are actually published represent my thinking more clearly, and blogging helps me to reflect upon, and crystallise those ideas.

Thirdly, blogging compels me to raise my game. I compose my post in a manner that best conveys my thinking to an audience. This means I am compelled to write concisely and with relevance. It also encourages me to check the provenance and accuracy of my sources, the status of the information I'm presenting and the copyright status of images and other content I incorporate.

Fourthly, blogging gives me a creative outlet for my thinking. I don't have to stick to a specific format of writing. I can develop posts into satire, narrative, dialogue, metaphor... or stick with academic prose. The possibilities are endless.

Finally, it gives me feedback from, and promotes dialogue with my professional community of practice. I post my content with an awareness that I have an audience out there who will be critical and inquiring. Some might respond with comments which themselves could present me with further learning opportunities. This double loop of learning and reflection is one of the most powerful aspects of blogging.

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Comments

Kevin said…
Spot on Steve. There is also perhaps the curation aspect to as well as a dire to be involved in and promote learning. Once a teacher, always a teacher! When I had to stop teaching because of illness Linkedin became my 'classroom' and I found myself guiding, questioning, researching, presenting and curating in the same way as I did as a teacher. Without it I would not have had an outlet for my creativity either. You can see one of the outcomes here where I asked "Do experts make good teachers?" http://prezi.com/ffa7mnh1mldu/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy
What I have found difficult is to make that link from blog to face to face and a more dynamic interaction as you would have in a classroom.
Steve Wheeler said…
Thanks Kevin. I would argue that blogging is a different genre of communication and that the same ideas are conveyed differently in a face to face context. The dynamics are still there but nuanced differently.
Jill Berry said…
Interesting to read, Steve - thanks for sharing. Did you see this recent post by @effortfuleduktr on his reflections after blogging for a year? https://theeffortfuleducator.com/2017/10/25/365-days-as-a-blogger/ Enjoyed that one, too!
Anonymous said…
Thank you Steve. I'm new to reading blogs and the world of blogging and technology intimidates me. These are good reasons to pursue blogging.
Steve Wheeler said…
Thanks for the link Jill.
Thus makes a compelling rationale we can share with students too as we use blogging for creating, curating and communicating learning artefacts and processes.
Steve Wheeler said…
Please feel free to share with students and colleagues Margaret. The more we write, the more we communicate, and the more we think.

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