Blogging is in the news!
What a storm over the weekend following the release of Nicky Hagar's book. After a conversation with a colleague about blogging last week, I had a few thoughts. The conversation was around why she kept her blog private. I was thinking that blogs should be about putting yourself out there.
- Expressing who you are and what you think.
- Putting your personality into print, and pictures, and videos and as Allanah King says it, putting Bling in Your Blog so people will know what identifies you from others.
- Connecting with the world.
- Putting your opinions on the line.
- Putting yourself up for critiquing.
- Not being aftraid of making mistakes.
- Learning from your mistakes.
- Asking for feedback from the world.
- Blogging is kind of like the news with your opinion attached. (I suppose all news is really just that, with someones opinion attached.)
- A blog can get you feedback.
- It can help you learn - how to read and write are just two of the ways.
- It can help you formulate your opinions.
- It can help you change your mind.
Over the weekend I began to think there were a number of occasions when it would be good to keep your blog private.
Secondly for reason of private reflection. Reflection is how we learn from our experiences and also sometimes we want to keep those experiences (and reflections) private. For example, maybe someone has been an a...hole at work. And you just need reflection time and thought to get over it. Or you may want to take it further and you dont want to prejudice your options.
Thirdly, maybe you are trying to grow an idea or a community, and you don't want people to see the tender seedling of your idea/ community at its young and vulnerable stage, before it has grown into a massive oak tree of an idea.
Fourthly, blogging can be just like an eportfolio which can be a showcase, process or accountability. Maybe you just show the bits of it that you want to, to the relevant people.
Fifthly, I guess that blogging can be like a private journal - but does that make it a blog? Stephen Downes says that a blog has always been more than just a online version of a private journal. Blogging is after all short for Weblogging. So shouldn't it be out there, on the web?
Once again, I ask you graciously for feedback.
Downes, S. (2004) Educational Blogging