I really like the concept of blogging from Jill Walker Rettberg, a professor of digital culture at University of Bergen, which he referred to the research of Olga Dysthe, regarding how to use writing in learning. Blogging combines thinking writing skill and presentation writing skill with conversation added. I think I have experienced some of these skills before way back in my teenage years when I owned my online diary account.
As I mentioned in my first blog (ever) that I used to spend time writing diary, I enjoyed it because it helped me to think what had happened that impressed or annoyed me back in the day. It literally help us to think. Later on, after I shifted my interest to online diary platform, I became developing my writing skill towards presentation writing. The style of writing we deeply aware that somebody might read our piece of work. It’s actually more fun for me to write, when I know there will be someone reading it. I found myself using more creativity in my writing hoping it wouldn’t confuse readers.
So now that I’ve been attempted to write blogs for the past three weeks, I experience the identical skills and also some beneficial consequences.
To me, blogging builds confidence on expressing my own opinions. I think it is a basic psychological distress for some people to worry about how others are going to feel about us when they read our work, especially in the academic topic sphere like “Marketing in the 21st century”. It really gave me a bit of anxiety at first because I don’t want people who disagree with me think that I am stupid. But by the time I started my third blog, I got more confident and seem to value more on my own views. Also, the comment and feedback I got were speechless. Even though some people think differently, they just argued politely and we built a good discussion later on.
Moreover, I believe blogging helps me to spend more quality time with myself and lead me to actually learn more about myself (the things I thought I knew but I didn’t). I became more aware of my thoughts by seeing why I write in favour more on particular side or offend the opposite. Sometimes blogging even triggers me to think that something I’ve been believed in might not seem to be right anymore. And I say that is the point where I’ve learned to change my attitudes – blogging helps me growing up.
What about you, bloggers?
What have you learn from blogging?
Rettberg, J. 25 September 2009. Blogging as a tool for reflection and learning, Virclass.net (website). Available from : http://www.virclass.net/eped/ep_tmp/files/17842056574abc85cdf304e.pdf [Accessed on 8 November 2015]