I began this blog 12 months ago, as a requirement for a 10 week on-line course. As you can see, I didn’t stop and I am more and more grateful for that every day.
Blogging appeals to me because :
- It makes me think – I often think of a subject and then mull over the issue, wonder if my comments would be interesting, relevant, appropriate? Many items sit in my Draft list unpublished as I consider they are not ready for a public audience. Others are published and receive varying feedback. It doesn’t really matter – I have thought it out – in order to write, I need to think.
- I like the feedback – I have a few posts that have sparked very interesting discussions. I enjoy that interactivity. There have been challengers (which I enjoyed) and those providing affirmation (which I also enjoyed 🙂 )
- It chronicles my professional development over the past year. I just read my first few posts that were about the course material – factual stuff, relevant at the time but seem a bit simplistic now. Over the year, I have mused over many issues and highlighted success. Would I remember all those things without this ‘journal’? The reflective practice is invaluable.
- It connects me to other educators and places me as a learner amongst them. Sometimes when you see amazing things from others, it is a bit daunting to put yourself out there, but I have only had positive or at least constructive feedback. I know my posts are not earth shattering but I enjoy the process that connects me to others.
- It creates a professional picture of who I am. An element of my Positive Digital Footprint (at least I feel it is positive) In today’s society, we need to plan our on-line presence – choose the material that is professionally appropriate and in my opinion, to a large degree, separate that from our private lives.
My blog is my professional on-line presence. Alongside my Twitter account, and reading and responding to the wonderful blogs of other educators, my Professional development is on-going, up to date and recorded.
Do other educators have other reasons for blogging?