Thing 4 – Thoughts on Blogging
These articles on blogging have been a real eye-opener for me. Like many others, I too have started various blogs over the years, but never managed to maintain them – mainly due to the fact that there were not enough people (if any) commenting on my posts. What use is a blog if no-one comments? It really has to be interactive and collaborative otherwise it has no appeal. I have not yet managed to read all the articles but certainly plan to read many more (it’s just getting a bit late tonight and I am feeling rather tired!) as the ones I have read so far have been so interesting and informative.
Two articles I really appreciated were the ones by Vicky Davis and the other by Dean Shareski. These both give several tips on how to be a successful blogger. I am going to try to make THIS blog more along the lines of what they recommend.
Another article which really resonated with me was the article by by Chris Bletcher on the Digital Native. Being an “older” computer user (in my 50s) but one who has been an in-depth user since the mid 1980s I have long supported the belief that the ability to use computers well (and to integrate their use successfully into lessons) has everything to do with attitude and little to do with age – or whether you were born before or after the “digital age”. Some of our most “digitally” progressive teachers are older, and some of the younger teachers who one would expect to be very in tune with all things digital, have little interest or skill in using technology. I will certainly pass this article on to several of my colleagues!