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Blogging – What’s in it for me?

LOGO - heads only (1)One of the challenges of the 2015 Connected Educator NZ #EdBlogNZ challenge is to write a post about why I blog professionally and what I blog about.

Many bloggers blog for hits, comments and an audience. While I do like those things, I blog first and foremost for me. Blogging gives me an opportunity to think about many facets of education, whether it be what’s going on in the news, what I’ve seen/heard at a conference or in a video, or reflecting on my own practice. Blogging helps me to clarify my own thoughts. Sometimes I can think about something for several days before I start writing. Other times I just jump straight in.

Blogging for me allows me to think and reflect on my practice and consider next steps. Sometimes the post might end up leaving me with more questions than answers—and this is fine. What I’ve learnt is that there is no right or wrong way to write a blog. Sometimes I feel like my blog posts come together nicely, and are worded well. Other times they feel like a jumble of random thoughts. All is okay.

I think that if I try writing for others, my blog will be less successful and useful to myself and my practice.

This quote from Steve Mouldey’s blog, that he noted from a ICOT session by Karen Melhuish Spencer has challenged me a lot with my blogging (and in fact in a lot of the work I do),

As educators we are morally obliged to share our practice for the good of all students.

Blogging gives me a way to share my practice, thoughts and questions with the ultimate goal to question and/or improve my practice (and perhaps that of others) to benefit our students.

The other part of blogging for me is the reading of other educator’s blogs. I have learnt so much and continue to do so. I’m often challenged by what I read, making me think further and sometimes another blog post comes from this also.

9 thoughts on “Blogging – What’s in it for me?

  1. Thanks for this – as a newbie to blogging, this has been really helpful. I am not a great writer, so it’s good to know it can just be random thoughts! I certainly am not doing this for an audience – I like the idea of it being like a journal of thoughts. Enjoying it so far!

  2. Thanks for sharing this, it fits so well with a conversation we are having in my Internet Based Learning paper I am doing at the moment where we are exploring different IBL tools and strategies and have been talking about why we might use blogging in education. This gives some good reasons for us as professionals but also could be a useful place to consider what value there is for students as well.

    1. Hi Megan
      Thanks for the comment. Yes, blogging can also be a very valuable tool for student learning and reflection. It’s a great way to capture the process of learning and not just the final result as well.

      Cheers
      Nathaniel

  3. Nathaniel
    I appreciate the way in which you describe your reasons for blogging. I’ve had several starts at ‘blogging’ and seem to end up leaving them in disarray. Wandering along the beach last night, which is my thinking place, what holds me back are these thoughts……..
    1. Haven’t really much to say that is ‘important’ in comparison to the blogging legends I follow … who’d be interested anyway?
    2. My ‘need’ to make sure it’s perfect, profound and inspiring – hence time is against me as I procrastinate so much.
    3. I’m constantly learning and what I think one week has the potential to change – this stuff lives for ever.
    You say “What I’ve learnt is that there is no right or wrong way to write a blog. Sometimes I feel like my blog posts come together nicely, and are worded well. Other times they feel like a jumble of random thoughts. All is okay” and that reassures me.
    My aim for this challenge is to challenge myself to jump back in, test the waters and see how it goes.
    Now where did I leave those #EdblogNZtasks ? #cenz15

    1. Hi Viv

      Thanks for the comment. I sometimes have long breaks in between blog posts, and I think that’s alright. Of course, those who have a good audience and high ‘hit rate’ are generally quite regular in their blogging.

      In regards to having something important to say, or who would be interested, you might be surprised sometimes that what seems ‘old hat’ to you can be brand new to someone else. And what seems like a small thing in the scheme of things may have such an impact on someone else. So I say… Just do it!

      As for those #EdblogNZ tasks… go to edblognz.blogspot.co.nz

  4. Thanks for sharing. I am like this as well. I blog because it is more of an avenue for me to get my jumbled thoughts out and reflect on what I am doing in class. The good and the bad!

  5. I agree with you about writing posts for yourself first and foremost. I like the idea of publishing online though as a way of sharing ideas, whether other people agree or disagree. It doesn’t really matter. We can always take something away by looking at things from different perspectives and at the end of the day I think that that can only have a positive effect for my students.

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