Have you ever wanted to tell someone, anyone, all of the great ideas that you have? Or maybe, you are struggling with something–whether it is a tough concept you heard about or something occurring in your life right now–and you want to just shout your frustrations to the world?
I have been studying the uses and purposes of educational technology, but after reading a few of Will Richardson’s blogs, I have been thinking a lot about blogging in particular as a way for not only students, but educators and people in general to wrestle with their ideas and the ideas of others.
Even as a 21-year-old who has grown up using the internet, I still think it’s crazy that I am writing this post for an infinite audience; yes, probably the only people reading this at the moment are my classmates, but regardless, this post is open to the world. I am writing to a much larger (possible) audience than ever before. And that changes things.
I am much more aware that my writing needs to not only be “informative” and “correct” (as I am used to focusing on in school), but it also needs to be engaging and clearly written to attract and sustain viewers. I also feel more comfortable trying things out or writing about something that I am not sure about because of this different and wider audience. Those reading the blog probably don’t know me (the blogger) on a personal level, so although they may make judgments, my everyday relationships are not directly affected.
The last component of a blog that I find really useful is its length and level of focus. No essay is necessary here; just a few paragraphs are needed until you have worked through your ideas. The topic is also focused; I don’t have to take on everything at once.
So for those of you who have all sorts of ideas but don’t have the time or confidence to express them elsewhere, I suggest writing a blog, or at least reading other blogs. Typically, they are as they should be: short and sweet.
Since this is my very first blog, I am obviously not an expert, but if you are interested in starting a blog, these seem to be the best free blogging sites that I have come across so far: