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I have been blogging for nearly two and a half years, sometimes I wonder why I do it and what I hope to gain from maintaining this blog.  This week I have been reflecting on my reasons. To add to my thoughts I read this yesterday at a book marketing website.

  • Nationally, over 12 million adults maintain a blog of their own.
  • Over 57 million individuals read blogs on a frequent basis
  • There are over 1.4 million new blog posts per day.
  • Blog readers average 23 hours online each week.

So if there are 1.4 million new posts everyday I wonder how many of them are written by teachers? Even if it is just a small percentage of that 1.4 million, it is still an enormous number of posts. I am also interested in the fact that there are an enormous number of blogs that are written giving advice on how to attract readers, how to increase ones statistics, how to attract advertisers and build a readership. Yet do teachers blog to attract readers? I have to admit that I occasionally check my statistics. Yet is that why I blog? On reflection I think I blog for the following reasons.

  • I blog to share my ideas about what works for me in my classroom
  • I blog because the act of writing gathers my thoughts and helps me plan
  • I blog because I see myself as a lifelong learner and it is through reading blogs that I learn
  • I blog to give back to the community of learners I learn from
  • I blog to share my conference presentations, after all why should I exclude those who cannot escape the classroom?
  • Sometimes I blog to avoid doing other things, such as my housework.

But above all I blog to reflect on my teaching practice, as over the past two years I have found that the act of writing and sharing my thoughts has allowed me to improve and refine my teaching practice. I try to publish once a week but I also have many incomplete draft posts, that I still reflect and learn from. Why do you blog?

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  1. Janet Abercrombie

    I’ve been blogging for a year now. My online blog-reading time has increased immensely. I’m amazed at what teachers worldwide are doing. I also appreciate the advice- especially advice regarding global classroom connections and student blogging.

    My blog has inspired students, highlighting he power of modeling.

  2. Hi Henrietta,
    I too blog for many of the same reasons. I reflected similarly a while ago. http://ccoffa.edublogs.org/2011/04/14/my-digital-footprint-after-a-year-of-blogging/
    I also read many blogs from other teachers (like yours) and have found them an amazing source of professional learning and wonderfully thought provoking. I find it interesting that I have not been able to convince many other teachers I know to blog as part of their reflective practice despite their widespread acceptance and use of class blogging. I guess some people prefer the housework 😉
    Celia

  3. Great post! I started blogging for educational purposes as a way to process some of the things spinning through my head. It’s been really powerful for me. It makes me think about what and why I do what I do. However I want to blog about a topic I’d prefer to keep private – such as my feelings on the political unrest in my province, or some of the more challenging people I work with on a day to day basis. Obviously professional that would be suicide so my blog is void of such posts. Sometimes though I secretly wish I had a completely private blog so that I could process both the good and the not so good I deal with. As my blog title says, “learningandsharingwithmsl” that’s really what I’m doing. I’m learning and sharing, and hopefully along the way I’m clearing my mind by processing my thoughts and hopefully in turn helping some one else too. Thanks for a great post. Karen

  4. I blog to avoid housework, and gardening too.
    One of my reasons for blogging, in addition to the ones you outlined, is to keep a record of my ongoing professional learning for my teachers registration. It’s way better than keeping things in the filing cabinet.

  5. Dale

    I always love your blog! Don’t give up!