The Blog Experience

  • Graffiti_-_Hosier_Lane,_Melbourne_CBD_by_toots_fontaine_at_flickr.jpgWhy do people blog? Are they just self-important desperate gasbags? Or are they trying to connect with a community of like-minded people?
  • Is blogging a one-way broadcasting situation, or an opportunity for multi-directional communication?
  • The only way to really know, is to try it out for yourself. If you want to experience the participatory digital culture, you must dive in and get active.
  • The thing about blogging.. is that the more people get involved the more fun it can be (in our group).

Suggested learning activities

1) set up your own blog, at one of the free web-logging services (eg
  • blogger - now owned by google,
  • wordpress - a free open source web application with hosting,
  • edublogs - a free service for educators, running on wordpress.

2) Before: write a short post: what do you know about blogging? What's your impression of it?
3) ..explore some other people's blogs (links below), and get a feel for what people are doing with this "social software web application".
4) After: write another post, sharing your thoughts about a couple of the blogs you've seen (include some links in your post to those blogs).
5) Next, remember to comment on one of the posts of your colleagues in this course.

Extra explorations

Keep exploring. Write about something that happened in your workplace.
Then, throughout this course, keep using the blog as a way to
  • reflect on your experience,
  • share what you've discovered, and
  • give supportive feedback to your colleagues.

What is blogging all about?

Here's the Common Craft perspective:


We've moved the help files onto their own page: blog-how.

Other people's blogs:

These people are all doing amazing and worthwhile things.. and the blog is the centrepiece of their communication strategy ;-]
As you glance over their writing, look for the ways they add media and information to the page. Who is more readable and engaging? How is each one writing for their audience?

..if you have any favourite bloggers.. type their details here on the page, or into the discussion tab (top of the page).

Next.. writing skills

After you've got past the technical skills, you'll want to think about writing skills. Yes, you need to adapt your writing styles for the web. People read differently on the screen.. they skim and scan, so you need to write more like a newspaper journalist. Lead ideas up front, plenty of paragraphs, smaller chunks, fewer words, lots of bullet points and headings (1-2-3). Images where you can, too.

Here's one good recent article looking at these skills: 20 tips for writing for the web, by Eric Reiss at FatDux .

Your blog reflections

Here's the latest headlines from your blogs:

    ..inspired by the original 23 Things site:

    Week 1: Introduction
    1. Read this blog & find out about the program.
    2. Discover a few pointers from lifelong learners and learn how to nurture your own learning process.

    Week 2: Blogging
    1. Set up your own blog & add your first post.
    2. Register your blog on PLCMC Central and begin your Learning 2.0 journey.

    photo credit: (creative commons at flickr) Thanks: Toots Fontaine .

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