I just realized that I have been blogging for six years. My inspiration for starting was Will Richardson's text Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools which is now in its third edition with Richardson promising another update.
I particularly like Richardson's distinction in the book between what blogging is and what it isn't. Here are some examples of what blogging is not in his view:
Posting assignments. (Not blogging.)
Posting links. (Not blogging.)
Journaling, i.e., "This is what I did today." (Not blogging).
His list of "real blogging"on the other hand, includes reflective, metacognitive writing, and extended analysis or synthesis over an extended period of time. Most important is that a blog post should be a reaction to something. It could be a reflection on other's posts, or on the ideas in a book. It could also be a reaction to a video, conference or webinar. The idea is that a blog post should be part of an ongoing conversation whether this means a conversation with oneself or a conversation with others.
I have an RSS feed that includes many educational bloggers. They are a constant source of inspiration and new ideas. However, I don't often leave comments on their blogs or write posts about my reactions to their ideas. My lack of posting is probably because like any reflective writing blogging is hard work. However, as I write this post I am reminded of a useful suggestion offered by Harold Jarche that one should establish a schedule for blogging. So my promise to myself is to keep track of good I read in my Diigo account and try to blog about what I've read every Friday. Wish me luck!