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WHY DO EDUCATORS NEED TO BLOG


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Blogging is not something fresh today. Many people do blogging on many platforms everyday to record their life, share opinion, show themselves, and even make a full-time income just with a blog. Many people (and myself) are believe that blogging is not only a good way to learn and practice a language, but it also give us a nice platform for converting our language skills into something more and more.

Blogging is an activity to write something (or many things) into an internet canal. It just the same as writing in an ordinary book, and it just the same as publishing a printed book, but it’s different—we publish our writing virtually for much more people, wide-range of readers, crossing state line, and so it will influence much more people.

And because of those characters of blogging above, I do believe that blogging is not only about “writing theory”, a hobby in a spare time, or an activity to find out another kind of “happiness”. Out of that reasons, blogging is surely can help our education field—and many aspects of general life, of course. Don’t you see that nowadays, people teach other people on how to edit a photo, people show how to create a handicraft for kindergarten students, people post an article about how to fix our home printer or PC, etc.?

Now, one question: who did write all those interesting things on the internet? Are they a teacher? Pharmacist? Basket ball player? Farmer? Technicians?

The answer is: all people. All people now are blogging to share their knowledge and interest, to help other people to find out a problem solving, and of course, it may influence on other people’s life.

Why do educators need to blog

So that’s why, I do believe that blogging is also a good thing to practice by you, educators. Here are the reasons about why I believe that blogging will fit on you:

  1. Blog can be a good way to show other people that you are “exist” in this world—self actualization.
  2. Blog can show your interests. As an educator, your life is surely not only about “teaching”. You have your own hobby(ies), your own interest(s). Why don’t you let other people—at least your students—know more about you, and take some advantages from reading your post?
  3. Blog can show your quality and represent your way of thinking. The deep analysis, the thorough understanding of a topic, your character, intelligence, or even your thoughts and ideas, sometimes can be easily known by your way of speaking, and writing. What you write can be a reason why people think that you are actually really smart at the field you write. Whatever you write. Even if it’s not always about education. Maybe about your interest. You are what you write J
  4. Your blog can be a source of references. What you write may influence, or bring benefits for your students and other people. They may find your writings are useful and can be used as a references. You’ll inspire other people.

What are the (other) benefits

Just the same as writing for a journal or printed book, writing for blog also brings benefits. A good guy, Joshua Becker, has summarized the benefits of writing a blog as follow:

  1. You’ll become a better writer.At its core, writing is communication. It is about recording thoughts on paper and compelling others to agree with them. To that end, writing (just like every other form of communication that has ever existed) improves with practice. Blogging will not force you to become a better writer, it’ll just happen as you do it. And becoming a better writer holds important benefits for the rest of your life—whether you are creating a book, a presentation, a résumé, or an anniversary card for your spouse.

  2. You’ll become a better thinker.Because the process of writing includes recording thoughts on paper, the blogging process encourages you to stop and think deeper. You will delve deeper into the matters of your life and the worldview that shapes them. Unfortunately, at this point, many will choose not to blog (or write at all) based on the faulty reasoning that they “have nothing to say.” But to that line of thinking I always respond the same way, maybe you just haven’t discovered yet what you have to say.

  3. You’ll live a more intentional life.Once you start writing about your life and the thoughts that shape it, you’ll begin thinking more intentionally about who you are, who you are becoming, and whether you like what you see or not. And that just may be reason enough to get started.

  4. You’ll develop an eye for meaningful things.By necessity, blogging requires a filter. It’s simply not possible to write about every event, every thought, and every happening in your life. Instead, blogging is a never-ending process of choosing to articulate the most meaningful events and the most important thoughts. This process of choice helps you develop an eye for meaningful things. And remember that sometimes the most meaningful things appear in the most mundane—but you’ll see what I mean once you get started.

  5. It’ll lead to healthier life habits.Blogging requires time, devotion, commitment, and discipline. And just to be clear, those are all good things to embrace – they will help you get the most out of your days and life. Since beginning to blog, I have become an early riser, a runner, and can now properly identify my favorite drink at Starbuck’s (Caramel Macchiato). And even if those three habits don’t personally appeal to you, blogging will provide opportunity for new life habits to emerge in yours.

  6. You’ll meet new people.Whether it be through comments, e-mails, or social media, you may be surprised at how quickly you meet people on-line. And by meet people, I mean legitimately form relationships that seek to serve one another. The blogging community is friendly, encouraging, and genuinely cheering for you to succeed—the only thing missing is you.

  7. You’ll make some money.You don’t need to make money to enjoy blogging. In fact, sometimes making money from your blog can actually start to distract you from the joy that you found in the first place. That being said, whether you make $20/year or $20,000/year, it’s still pretty nice to have a hobby that actually pays you back.

  8. You’ll inspire others.Blogging not only changes your life, it also changes the life of the reader. And because blogs are free for the audience and open to the public, on many levels, it is an act of giving. It is a selfless act of service to invest your time, energy, and worldview into a piece of writing and then offer it free to anybody who wants to read it. Others will find inspiration in your writing… and that’s a wonderful feeling.

  9. You’ll become more well-rounded in your mindset.After all, blogging is an exercise in give-and-take. One of the greatest differences between blogging and traditional publishing is the opportunity for readers to offer input. As the blog’s writer, you introduce a topic that you feel is significant and meaningful. You take time to lay out a subject in the minds of your readers and offer your thoughts on the topic. Then, the readers get to respond. And often times, their responses in the comment section challenge us to take a new, fresh look at the very topic we thought was so important in the first place.

  10. It’s free.Your blog can begin today without spending a single penny now (or ever). I use WordPress and highly recommend it. With an initial investment of $0, why not give it a shot? Or for just a few dollars/month, you can use your very own domain name. I use and recommend Bluehost.

  11. You’ll become more comfortable being known.Blogging introduces yourself to the world. It causes you to articulate the life you live and the worldview behind the decisions that you make. Whether you have 1 reader or 10,000, the blogging process opens up your life to those on the outside. It is a good exercise in human-existence to be known by others. Over time, you’ll reveal more and more of yourself to the outside world… and you’ll be excited to find a world that relates to you and enjoys hearing your story.

  12. It’ll serve as a personal journal.Blogging serves many of the same roles as a personal journey. It trains us to be observant and gives weight to the personal growth that we are experiencing. It trains our minds to track life and articulate the changes we are experiencing. Your blog becomes a digital record of your life that is saved “in the cloud.” As a result, it can never be lost, stolen, or destroyed in a fire.

  13. You’ll become more confident.Blogging will help you discover more confidence in your life. You will quickly realize that you do live an important life with a unique view and have something to offer others.

  14. You’ll find a platform to recommend.We all love to recommend something we have found enjoyable or beneficial—whether it be a nice restaurant, a good book, or a new outlook on life. The fullness of joy is not experienced until we have shared that joy with others. A blog provides an opportunity to do that very thing. It provides a platform to share the joy we have experienced and recommend good things we have discovered to others.

  15. It’s quite a rush with every positive comment.There’s a certain little rush that accompanies the immediate positive feedback that you receive every time a reader posts a comment, shares your writing on Facebook, or tweets it out to their Twitter followers. While walking the fine line between finding encouragement in that feedback and obsessing over it may take some time to get used to, it’s far better to find that line than to never seek it out in the first place.

Remember, you don’t need to blog as a means to get rich or as a means to gather a huge following. You don’t even need to blog as a means to change the Internet… the change that a blog will cause in your life is reason enough.

Some problems

Blogging is easy and will give you some benefits. So, why don’t you start blogging?

It’s hard to start to write.

So, write about yourself first. Let the on-line world welcome you. Then, write anything that attract you first. If you already have a plan to write a specific category, then it will be better.

I don’t know a lot of thing about blog.

You do not need to know HTML, PHP, or any other web-programming language to post your first story. And, you still can read, right? You can find the “how to…” later.

I don’t have much time.

You can post one article weekly. You may post your writing monthly. It’s your own “duty” to make a schedule. You have 1 or 2 hours of breaking time. You can use a half of your breaking time to post something into your blog.

What topic will be suitable for me?

That’s your own rights to decide what you’ll write. If you are an English teacher, you are not always have to write about English. But, maybe you are interested in sport. So, write and post about sport. Or, you can post more English materials so that your students can access them while it’s impossible to deliver all materials at once in the classroom.

How if I don’t write for a blog?

You are still a great educator. You are still a smart teacher. Without blogging, you will still be able to deliver materials to your students well. You are still you. But maybe you’ll never know your potentials. Maybe you’ll never get some “little” benefits of blogging. Maybe you’ll never have a contribution to enrich contents of internet.

I don’t like writing or I don’t have writing capability.

When posting an article is not your style, maybe you can try vlog (video blogging).

What platform should I use?

WordPress, Blogger, Livejournal, Medium, etc. They are free of charge and easy to use.

Conclusion

When blogging can’t even bring benefit to your students or to your surroundings, at least it will bring advantages for yourselves.

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