This blog is more than a decade old and some 500 posts later it is easy to ask what’s the point of blogging? Prolific blogger Seth Godin explains it this way:
Other than writing a daily blog (a practice that’s free, and priceless), reading more blogs is one of the best ways to become smarter, more effective and more engaged in what’s going on. The last great online bargain.
Good blogs aren’t focused on the vapid race for clicks that other forms of social media encourage. Instead, they patiently inform and challenge, using your time with respect.
For me, blogging has been an important avenue for shaping ideas, clarifying thinking and hearing from those with a vested interest in education. The fact that people take the time to read and comment reinforces two things for me. The first is that we are part of a connected community. The second is that learning is a collaborative process. I couldn’t begin to list the number of educational blogs written by teachers, leaders, students and even parents. Each person gives us a different perspective and makes a unique contribution to the broader discussion, which as we know, is global now.
What impresses me most about the blogosphere is just how generous people are with their time and ideas. Their intent is never about personal gain but how small contributions can lead to transformational change. We can all make a difference somewhere through our circle of influence (see Stephen Covey).
I feel privileged to be part of the educational blogging community. Thank you to all of those who continue to push the boundaries for today’s learners and importantly, choose to challenge and educate the rest of us.