I identified strongly with Dr Michelle Everson’s thoughts on blogging in her article which appeared in “eLearn” Magazine at the end of 2010. The principal advantages in blogging for Michelle are the opportunity to reflect and record as well as make strong professional connections. Reflecting, and connecting, interacting with and feeding off others, are two major components of critical thinking.
Michelle’s hesitancy to start blogging is easy to understand: would she have the time to commit to the routine of blogging, and would it become another chore on her list? Besides, she already felt adequately connected online with social networks.
But Michelle has evolved into an enthusiastic, regular, articulate blogger. I can see how the way she uses her blog would work well for me also. “…my blog became like an online journal. I use it now to reflect on my classes and record what I do in each class and what I think works well and what doesn’t.” It has become a recording tool that she can refer back to when planning in years ahead.
Another big message from Michelle’s article is value of the unexpected connections she has made through blogging. “This has led to many great conversations with other educators about teaching issues. I’m not as alone as I once thought I was…”. I too would like to become better connected.