Why blogging is a selfish activity


This image compliments of Dean Shareski

One of the things that made me pause for thought during the PLP Kickoff yesterday, was when Will Richardson and Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach told us to participate in the NING environment just for ourselves for the time being.

I was talking to someone recently and we were discussing how blogging and participating in Web 2.0 applications is such a joy for educators because it’s feeding us. Teaching can be exhausting. Teachers are giving non-stop but not always replenishing their own supplies. The best part about learning through connected networks, Twitter, NINGs,etc. is that you get so much out of what others put out there. It’s the interconnectivity (long word for connection, I think) that is so good for you. And so much choice, you don’t know where to start. If you don’t refuel, you eventually stop.

We need to be selfish, that is, to feed ourselves as well as our students. To take time to read, think, discuss and wait before giving out. That’s not as selfish as it sounds. Fact is, when we’re bursting with ideas from meaningful interaction with others, people around us can’t fail to see this. Modelling Web 2.0 functioning is like sending sparks out.

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Filed under Education, Teacher librarians, teaching, Web 2.0

3 responses to “Why blogging is a selfish activity

  1. You turn a negative connotation about blogging by teachers into a positive one. The same argument can be made for student blogging.

    Well said. I like your spark image, sparks igniting the mind and imagination.

  2. Thanks, Paul. I’m doing a Pollyanna.

  3. Kate

    Thanks for the thoughts Tania – you are putting my own ideas into clearer focus.
    Now to kick myself into blogging-gear…

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