Saturday, February 11, 2012

Is Blogging Worth Our Time?

In June 2010 I started to blog, a journey I will not bore you with here.  Since then I have updated my blog, now blogs, almost on a daily basis, letting my thoughts, mistakes and achievements flow freely.  Most of it here has been education related with snippets of my personal life shining through.  The change in my life has been dramatic from the smallest things such as constantly thinking about whether I can blog about something or not, to large things like the time I have dedicated (thus losing it other places), the connections I have made, the conversations I have been engaged in and even the criticism I have faced from strangers and friends alike.  So I wonder whether it is worth it?

Is blogging and baring your soul really worth it to anyone?  Can we outweigh the negatives, the backlashes we may create in our professional lives all in the name of transparency?  Can we say the time spent blogging has been worth it when I look at my daughter and see how she seems to be growing in front of me?  The self-doubt created on whether I made my mind clear or if I just said something I shouldn't have?  The scrutiny faced by others when we put it all out there?  Is it all worth it?

I started to blog because I needed to reflect on my journey as a changing educator, I blog now to keep myself honest, to reach others, to connect, and to perhaps change education.  But am I really doing that? Is my investment worth it?  Or are the goals too lofty? Can we really change education by blogging about it?

8 comments:

Mark Barnes said...

Only you can decide what is worth your time. For me, it's the process. My blog is powerful catharsis. We need to get our thoughts out. If they help others in the profession, all the better.

Thanks for a thoughtful post.

Mark said...

I would just add that your reach is larger than you know. I follow your site through Google Reader and seldom actually need to come to the site directly, so you won't see me showing up on your stats. I suspect there are an awful lot of people who notice and benefit from your work without you even knowing it.

mrs clark 4 said...

Pernille, you can question whether it's worth the investment of your time vs other priorities in your life, but don't question for a minute the impact you have. I have been following you since the summer and you continue to inspire me, make me laugh, sometimes cry and always think.

teachermrw said...

I've been blogging since December 2006. I primarily write for myself, and, hopefully share useful information along the way. Am I changing the educational landscape? I think that if my thoughts and ideas prompt one to think, reflect and seek more information, then, I think I am facilitating change in some manner.

Lyn Hilt said...

I agree with Mark that I certainly can't decide if blogging is worth your time, nor could you determine if it's worth my time. I think as a teacher you are able to discern whether your students gain benefit from blogging, for example, based upon their feedback and learning outcomes. I don't think blogging in itself will save education, but as we move towards becoming more reflective practitioners, we will seek to change ourselves for the better. This, I believe, is the power of blogging- or any reflective act- developing an awareness of who we are, what we do, what we say- and considering how we can become more effective in our practice and lives. The point at which blogging fails to provide me with a reflective outlet is the point when I will stop blogging.

Mrs Ripp aka @pernilleripp said...

Thank you all for your thoughts and your comments. While this was not meant to be a poor pitiful me post over the time spent blogging, it may have come across that way. I do wonder though what our educational impact is on the world when we reflect and agree with Lyn that we are trying to change ourselves to the better.

Mr. Ray said...

Even if we probably won't be able to ever point to a specific post that you or I or most people write as being the catalyst that changes education for the better, we need to believe that the sum total of all of our efforts are impacting others around the world and causing them to be more reflective practitioners, which makes for a better system of education.

Chris Sousa - csousanh said...

Hmmm, interesting question. Perhaps I'll blog about it as well. ;) When I was a principal it was a great communication tool, but now, for me, blogging provides an outlet for thought and reflection, and it excersizes my "writing muscles". Its the reflection part I like the most. It would be great to get more feedback at times, but just getting thoughts down is pretty great.

 

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