Reasons to blog – I blog to learn

I’ve had such a hectic week that I’ve not really had the time to sit down and write a detailed blog post about an education initiative today.

So I thought I would share a little bit about what’s going on in my head, and it’s a thought that came out of a meeting with a partner in Sydney this morning. I was thinking about the reasons to blog, and came to a realisation that at the moment:

I blog to learn

What does ‘I blog to learn’ mean?

Mike Phillips wrote an excellent article – 8 reasons you should blog – on his EatSleepSocial blog last year. And as I was preparing to deliver a blogging workshop, I was looking at the list again:

  1. Learn something new about your industry
  2. Learn something new about yourself
  3. Learn from being criticised
  4. Demonstrate thought leadership – don’t just be a sheep
  5. Be part of the community
  6. Be transparent and authentic
  7. Use your free time constructively
  8. Create a movement

I first read it last year, and at the time my reasons to blog were mainly down the lower end of his list. But since moving to Australia in January and starting this new blog I’ve realised that’s changed. I’ve been plunged into a completely new continent, market, job and community of people, and so I am now blogging more often as a process of self-learning – because in order to write a blog post that makes sense, I have to be sure I know what I’m talking about (most of the time Smile)

It means that it takes me longer to write a blog post than it used to, because I have to do more research to get the context right. But every single blog process forces me to learn more. In Mike’s list, here’s what his top 3 reasons mean to me:

Learn something new about your industry

For yesterday’s blog post about the looming teacher shortage in Australia, I had to go and do a bunch of research on Australian statistics to understand the story behind the headline, and to write something that added depth to the headline story).

Learn something new about yourself

I try and write a blog post every weekday. If you don’t blog yourself, that may not sound tricky, but I can assure you it is – especially as I try very hard to make sure that everything is in the context of readers who work in or with Australian education institutions, and have an interest in ICT. My typical blog posts are 600+ words, so that’s 3,000+ words a week on top of everything else I’m doing.

Learn from being criticised

    I’ve been blogging for six years now, so I’ve learnt to develop a thick skin, because it’s much easier to criticise on the web – especially if (like this blog) you allow people to comment freely. And I always look at it as feedback and try not to take it to heart if somebody tells me I’m an idiot for expressing a point of view.

    And writing this blog post was a learning process for me, and made me reflect on my reasons to blog yet again.