"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.