Although I had to slip out of this evening’s EC&I 831 session with Sue Waters a few minutes early due to overriding parental obligations, I feel the time is ripe for me to respond to the question of the day: what are my thoughts on educational blogging?
Personally, I see significant potential value in educational blogging. At this point, I have barely gotten my feet wet when it comes to immersing myself as an active participant in the “blogosphere”. I have been blogging sporadically for educational purposes for the past few months. During this time I have enjoyed the highs of writing posts that have been viewed and commented on by many intelligent and helpful people from around the world. I have also endured the lows of writing posts that have vanished into the clouds with nary a whiff of a comment. The comments that some of my blog posts have received have varied in content, with some being largely words of encouragement and others being responses to specific questions or issues I have raised. I see both types of comments as being incredibly valuable, especially to someone as new to this world as I am.
While I see educational blogging as a useful practice for both reflection and network building, I find myself struggling with the writing process. I am not the type of person who throws together a collection of thoughts or ideas and post them for the world to see. I’m the type of person who somewhat painstakingly deliberates over the structure of every sentence I write, be it for a student handout or a term paper. Not surprisingly I feel the need to do the same thing when writing a blog post to send off for the world (well ok, 32 people in a busy week!) to see. This slow writing process makes the issue of blogging a real challenge given the many demands that eat up large chunks of my limited time. I am hopeful that with continued practice the blogging process will become easier for me as it is something I would like to continue to explore using for my own uses and potential student uses as well.