Blogging woes – “just post it”?

I was trying to catch up with Royan Lee‘s blog & came across one post that has now sparked a posting of my own.

Royan’s short post about blogging suggests we should “just post it.”  I’ve been struggling with the blogging process for the past year.  I have plenty of topics and ideas, that’s certainly not the problem.  I’ve blogged in the past about my preference for face-to-face conversations, but the opportunities come fairly infrequently (Skype, Google Hangout, Twitter DMs and email seem to help in the meantime).  I’m also finding that if I cannot discuss something with another person, I become quite agitated and anxious.  It’s funny – it’s a physical reaction when I’m sitting in seminars or at a conference session.  I’ve sent many Twitter DMs in silent workshops.  I need that back channel & interaction.

I think my blogging block remains because many of my questions and comments lead to more questions, and this leads yet again to further agitation.  Blogging nor face-to-face discussions provide a remedy to philosophical or political implications, but this drives my reflective process.  Would you call this overanalyzing?  I sort of relish in the uncertainty and discomfort, as it provides fuel to the fire.  I often find myself blogging on superficial levels, but how can I blog about developing ideas… things that aren’t so clear cut to myself, let alone possible readers?

Will sharing more thoughts via this blog help alleviate the sometimes overwhelming reflective process?  Or will I make myself appear as a tumultuous mess?  Because that’s how I often feel about most things… articulating is incredibly difficult.

2 thoughts on “Blogging woes – “just post it”?

  1. I’ve found that the less I analyze my posts the better they are. Also (and perhaps counterintuitively), the more you blog for yourself the more it is interesting for others. hope to see you blogging more as I think you’re a great, young mind in education.

    • Thanks for the comment, Royan. Remember when we talked about modeling (for students)? I suppose this may be the reason why I’m trying to work on blogging. Indeed I see the benefits of the practice, & I do read plenty of model blogs. Perhaps it’s because I don’t have that direct audience & the scaffolding prompts a teacher often provides a new blogger. Thank goodness for mentors like you.

      I recall chatting to some of your students about their blogs. Some beamed about their “personal” posts. Others mentioned they need to work on blogging beyond the requirements – posting assignments, prompted reflections, and comments. Yet they did want to show me everyone else’s interesting posts and pictures. I think I’m at that latter stage. I need to practice what I preach & embrace blogging the way I’d like students to do so.

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