If You Write, They Will Read

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"Blogging and the Internet allow us to engage in a lot more real time conversations as opposed to a one-way dump of information or a message." ~ Indra Nooyi 

 

When I started this month long challenge of blogging every day my goal was ultimately to challenge readers thinking and to start conversations about what I find important. Blogging can be a very personal endeavour which scares many people away from creating a blog to share their thoughts with the world. What I have come to realize about writing a blog post and sharing it with the world is that people will read it, and if the topic hits a nerve with them, they will comment. As I come to the end of the first week of my challenge I am so pleased and impressed with the conversations that have developed through comments that readers have left. It has pushed me to find interesting topics and has led me to a second challenge.

Seeing the power that comments on blog posts can have on my own thinking, and the conversations that flow from them, I'm going to challenge myself to respond more frequently to the blogs that I read regularly. It's not enough to expect people to read and comment on my writing. I need to start and join conversations from other blogs as well. I started this morning actually when I commented on @sbruyns post about Dennis Sparks. You can read the blog post here and add your comments to it. 

If you're reading this post and don't have a blog but have thought about creating one, do it. It will be a platform to express your thoughts, clarify your thinking and push your learning to new levels. There are lots of options if you decide to start a blog. You don't need to go out and buy your own domain like I have. Edublogs is a perfect starting point for most educators. And remember, if you write, they will read. Conversations will start and you will begin to read perspectives from around the world.

What benefits have you discovered from blogging? I'd love to hear about them.

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  • Aviva (@avivaloca)

    David, you make a wonderful point here! I think that the conversations, the new learning, and the evolving perspectives are some of the biggest benefits that I've seen from blogging. Blogging also gives me a chance to reflect on my day or make sense of difficult/challenging topics. It's often these kinds of topics that require more thinking time, and having a chance to work things through in my head and consider how I want to articulate my thoughts, are so important. Knowing that I can blog whenever works for me is great! I've made so many wonderful connections with people through blogging, and as an avid blogger, I can't even imagine not blogging. I wonder why others blog. I'm curious to read the comments to find out more!

    Aviva

  • David

    Thanks for commenting Aviva. Being a avid reader of your blog and Twitter feed I can tell how much you reflect on the learning experiences that you create for your students. I agree that the difficult topics can more thinking time, but the final product is something you can be proud of. The connections made though social media are valuable because they make our work feel important.

    Keep blogging...and tweeting :)

  • David, I believe in blogging! One of the benefits is being able to look back over posts. They form almost an oeuvre of work that can reveal your thinking and values over time. That's really powerful.

  • David

    Hi Sue,

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I too believe in the power of blogging. It's been a great process for me to reflect on past practices, but also form my thinking moving forward.