Updates recent studies show additional reasons:
Update on Nov 21, 2007 - There's been a lot of discussion recently around using blogs for learning and I wanted to point to a few newer thoughts on this:
- Learning and Networking with a Blog (Deleted Scenes)
- Blogging - I'm Pushing Harder Now
- New Debate on Value of Blogs and Wikis in the Enterprise
- More eLearning Bloggers
I must say that the response to The Learning Circuits Blog: The Big Question for October: Should All Learning Professionals Be Blogging? has been fantastic and it's great to see such a wide variety of thoughts on the subject. I wanted to summarize, for everyone, the responses in a completely unbiased way. :)
Most everyone, who has at least half a brain, and certainly most of the responses made it over that hurdle, came back and said more or less what Mark Oehlert said “My answer is ..........yes........and no.” Even those who were pretty adamant quickly qualified their answer so that it was really a “maybe.”
The only consensus I found was that it’s a loaded, ambiguous and actually pretty lamely worded question. I wonder who came up with such a lame question. Sheesh. But, let’s try to muddle through this anyhow.
Oh, and before I offend anyone, I’ve taken a few liberties by paraphrasing what people wrote into their posts and comments and instead have included in this post what they really meant to say. However, if I used quote marks, they really said that. But I may have used them slightly out of context. :) Oh, and finally, to all of you who commented or put up blog posts already, if I didn’t happen to quote you out of context, I apologize.
Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Blog
10. Because you stopped learning anything new a couple years ago and it’s about time you started again.
Or as Karyn Romeis & Barry Sampson both said - I’ve learned more via blogging over the past year than I learned in the preceding several years!
9. Because it forces you to do your homework (Rodolpho Arruda)
8. Because this is how you are going to learn in the future.
“This is the difference represented in the shift from traditional classroom based learning and network learning. The idea of the latter is that learning occurs when the learner immerses him or herself in a community of practice, learning by performing authentic tasks, learning by interacting with and becoming a member of the community.” (Stephen Downes)
7. Because if you don’t we’ll think you’re lame and don’t know how to do your job.
“What can you know about a professional who doesn't blog his or her work? How do you know they are competent, that they have the respect of their peers, that they understand the issues, that they practice sound methodology, that they show consideration for their clients? You cannot know any of this without the openness blogging (or equivalent) provides. Which means, once a substantial number begin to share, there will be increasing pressure on all to share.” (Stephen Downes)
6. Because it will change your life.
“there is something that happens to a person when they hit that "publish" button - you cross a threshold - you move from consumer to producer - you put your intellectual neck on the line and I really think that you aren't the same person after that.” (Mark Oehlert)
5. Because you’ll hook up all over the place.
“all learning professionals need to exchange ideas with others, to test their ideas, to question their assumptions, to learn from each other in ways that come with dialog. Blogging is great for forming networks based on weak social ties.” (Bill Bruck)
4. Because learning is conversation and that blogging lets you have more and better conversations (Harold Jarche)
“The lack of formality and the ease of cross-referencing other blog content or references means is great to accelerate discussion and promote broader thinking and understanding.” (David Wilson)
3. Because Professionalism is more than consumption, it is contribution. (Rovy Bronson)
2. Because it’s “a swap meet for the mind.” (Nancy White)
1. Because your job depends on it.
“If for no other reason than your job is changing, and you might want to be engaged in the process of what your new job will include.” (Brent Shlenker) and “They don't get what blogs are about and possibly never will. We just need to encourage them towards retirement.” (Barry Sampson)
Top Reasons Why You Shouldn’t or Won’t Blog
10. Because you are too lame
Dave Lee “that all learning professionals should be blogging is about as likely that your ancestors all wrote a novel when the printing press was created or wrote a tv script when the telly was introduced.”
9. Because if you live in the US you don’t know how to write (Peter Isackson)
8. Because you’re a scared little wuss - Fear of Blogging (Wendy)
7. Because you don’t have your priorities straight so you lack the time to read blogs much less write a blog. (almost everyone said this)
5. Because bloggers are narcissists (Peter Isackson) only interested in establishing a Cult of Personality (saw that in a discussion group) – and you’re so not that way.
4. Because you’ll screw up blogging just like you screwed up using PowerPoint. (Matthew N.)
Poorly implemented and/or designed learning technologies are an embarrassment to the field (think shovelware e-learning courses or boring PowerPoint lectures transformed to boring online courses). (Karl Kapp)
3. Because no one really wants to read what you have to say.
“Why should all learning professionals be blogging any more than they should all be presenting at conferences, producing papers, writing books or sharing their views, opinions and knowledge through any other medium?” (Barry Sampson)
2. Because “I know some people that would get nothing out of blogging” (Howard Cronin)
1. Because “my 9 and 11 year old sons have a deeper understanding of the tools” than you do. (Karl Kapp)