John Humphries begins by saying have you started a blog yet, if not don't bother. The reason you shouldn't bother is because blogging has been taken over by journalists and the corporates. The other barrier to current blogging, which Haman apparently claims is so 2004, is that attention spans are shorter and Twitter feeds this as we only have to read and write 140 characters.
- An exciting meeting place and a way of meeting others who have read and commented on my work, I have even bagged some friends out of it
- A way of gaining professional credibility - I once found myself quoted at a conference by a speaker who had I had never met before, but who like what I had written
- As mentioned it is a way of clarifying and sorting through the many thoughts in my head, blogging them helps me formulate ideas and opinions and sometimes direction, but then this is the same process I went through as a teenager back in the 90s with my numerous volumes of diaries and scrap books
- It has also served as a voice for someone who is naturally quite shy- therefore this tool allows me to get my ideas out there, without the worry of getting it wrong
- My blog has also been a chore at times- I have found there has been that guilty feeling when I haven't blogged for a while and my fellow bloggers have been more prolific, I have felt I really should get something out
- My Subject Leaders Blog has become my corporate website, because the readers now trust and expect it to be updated weekly with relevant news, something that was impossible to do when I ran a Dream Weaver site, in my schools where teachers blog , some parents are now complaining that the blog for their child's class has not been updated for a week, gone are the days of the static school website, or at least they should be gone!
As a reader of blogs, I find the content is now as rich and stimulating as ever, take a look at the sidebar to see those who I read regularly. I believe what Tom Barret, John Sutton, Ewan, Terry, Simon and Danah Boyd have to say is fresh and personal, its a different feeling reading a blog entry to a newspaper article.
Twittering is extremely important for me as it provides a way of being connected to the EDtech and ICT world. Just today I was taking part in a conference in Birmingham by contributing to the Twitter discussion. With Twitter news is picked up and shared incredibly quickly, those that read the newspapers or scan BBC news post links and others read and comment, but those who have more to say on the matter will blog. I find that Twitter is a great place to gain answers from anyone or any seventeen of the hundred or so people on my Twitter network and this is very exciting. A few weeks ago I was writing some course notes on Google docs, I asked for hello via Twitter, which also synched with my Facebook status, all I wanted was some guinea pigs to fill in my book survey form. Within 5 minutes, I had all the responses I needed.
I don't believe Blogging is dead,it has just been augmented by a another form of writing. In the same way that TV has not been replaced by Youtube, though clearly it has been challenged by it and we would not write off emails or phone calls in place of text messages.
But if you want to see blogs that are very much alive then check the link list in my sidebar.
If I am modelling sentence construction or the semicolon, drawing a map illustrating colonialism in Africa, or scribing arrows outlining connections between ideas, I want to be able to do it quickly: as quick as I think; as quick as I talk. I want to be able to teach with my whole body, use gesture, employ pause to illustrate nuance, become as one with the board; become, in those rare moments of flow, both dancer and dance. Now the board dictates that, rather than pirouette, twist and enthuse, I click a frigid button.