I write my blog for me. I started it shortly after I read Richardson’s book the first time. I write about any research I’ve read and things I have discovered while getting this degree. At this point it is a selfish blog.
But I look forward to the blog being more than that. I look forward to when my blog expands to the social aspect of connecting to others. I love this quote:
Writing stops; blogging continues. Writing is inside; blogging is outside. Writing is monologue; blogging is conversation. Writing is thesis; blogging is synthesis … none of which minimizes the importance of writing.
But really blogging goes so much further. Another quote from Richardson’s book: (he quotes Ken Smith, a writing instructor at Indiana University)
Blogging, at base, is writing down what you think when you read others. If you keep at it, others will eventually write down what they think when they read you, and you’ll enter a new realm of blogging, a new realm of human connection. (Smith, 2004)
That’s the kind of blogging I aspire to, the kind Ken Smith is talking about.
Will Richardson. Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms (pp. 30-31). Kindle Edition.