Part of my day (and work) involves reading blog posts. Reading is an important part of how I learn.
I especially love posts that entice me to share my reflections with others. Miss Klehn’s post on Doug – Off the Record is an example of this type of post — and it has nagged me.
Students in her pre-service teachers course won’t be aware –but I’ve been enjoying reading their reflections over the past 15 weeks.
This week’s task involved reading an educator’s blog and sharing their thoughts on the blog or blogger. The fascinating part of this task is the reflections of someone new to blogging is very different from more experienced bloggers.
About Personal Educator Blogs
Educators use varying approaches to publishing on their personal blogs. Some only publish about their teaching practice, while others reflect on a wide range of topics from personal life, interests and hobbies, to their teaching practice.
The main reasons why educators have their own personal / professional blog includes:
- Share information and tips with other educators.
- Collaborate with a global audience. Increased collaboration with others leads to greater innovation and ideas, because each individual sees a different perspective – giving all involved greater “food for thought”!
- To reflect on their learning or their teaching /work practices.
- To create an ePortfolio to document teaching practice and professional development.
- To learn how to blog themselves, so they can use blogs more effectively with their students.
Educators like Doug publish posts because it is an important part of how they learn and how they reflect. He likes that others read his posts, but he would publish posts without an audience because it is an important part of his learning process.
Another aspect of blogging that we talk about is voice.
Doug’s blog is a good example of blogging voice. Doug has a very unique voice. He is passionate about what he blogs about and this comes through in his writing. Doug’s voice is why I enjoy reading his posts so much — they grab my attention and make me laugh.
Other examples of strong blogging voice are:
- George Couros
- Dean Shareski – My dog ate my digital homework still makes me laugh years later!
- Paul Bogush
You can tell who wrote the post without even looking at the author’s name.
I’ll admit – I feel reluctant talking about blogging voice to new bloggers! It can stifle new bloggers if they worry too much about developing voice. My advice to new bloggers is understand that some bloggers have unique blogging voices and focus on sharing what you want to share to satisfy your own personal needs.
And remember don’t be frightened to share your own reflections! Others will thank you.
Might be Obvious to you; Amazing to others!
Subscribing to blogs is like reading a good book. We each have our own personal preferences in types of books we enjoy reading; as we do for blogs.
It takes time to work out the type of blogs you enjoy reading. Reading (and commenting) are an important part of the process of having your own personal educators blog.
Here’s my tips for reading posts:
- Subscribe to blogs using Feedly.
- Subscribe to hashtag searches and your social networks using Flipboard.
- The Edublog Awards provides lists to help find blogs you might enjoy reading.
Looking for more information on personal or professional blogging? Check out our Teacher Challenge series with tips, ideas, and guides.
What are your thoughts? Did I miss anything?