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I’ve heard many reasons as to why people who enjoy engaging with blogs, don’t blog themselves. For some they don’t know what to share, for others there is the issue of time, while there are those who  simply enjoy reading and are confused about what they can add. All valid reasons, but I think that what is missed is what actually constitutes a blog in the first place.

The term blog derives from ‘web log’ and was initially coined to describe “discrete entries (posts) typically displayed in reverse chronological order” How it is used beyond those constraints is up to the user. In a recent Guardian Tech Weekly podcast, the comment was made that some of the most interesting things happening on apps are those who master the aesthetic and then take it to new places. In regards to blogging, Alan Levine is one person always pushing the limits and exploring the possibilities. Having said all this, I think that there is sometimes a tendency to overthink it all. To me, blogging is about sharing, with even the worst blog making us smarter, as Clive Thompson points out. This is a part of the question that Doug Belshaw posed on episode two of TIDE Talk about the idea of an ‘open mindset’.

One interesting alternative to the usual reflective blog then that seems so predominant these days is the resource sharing blog. That is, instead of writing an endless discussion of your thoughts or actions, the writing simply adds a quote or a link with a brief comment. Some examples of this include:

For some, it is merely about turning Diigo and Scoop It comments into a post, while other’s it is about putting their own spin on things.

In the end, there are many ways to give back and pay it forward. Although not everyone may feel inclined to write a reflective blog, it is a misnomer to think that this is the only means of sharing. For some it may be sharing resources, while for others it maybe engaging within a medium like Google+.

So what about you, how are you sharing? What mediums are you using? As always, comments welcome.

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4 thoughts on “There is More Than One Way to Write a Blog

  1. And again, well said Aaron. Your notion of having “a tendency to overthink it all” is where I often fall down. Well that and finding time to be an effective blogger which I believe is ‘three fold’, and the name this site is those three folds. Blogs give everyone the chance to have a voice and that’s what I love most about them. You can hear from all of the top notch educational gurus however I personally find that those deep in the trenches have just as much to say, which is just as important.

    • Thanks as always Corrie. I think that you touched upon something that I overlooked, the ability to give voice. What we need to remember and recognise I guess is that there are many different voices out there and many different ways to represent them.


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