THING 2 – TELLING YOUR STORY: BLOGGING
What are blogs?
A blog (a truncation of the expression ‘weblog’) is a website with content regularly updated by a single author. Entries are generally written to be informal, reflective, and moderate in length from 50-500 words (although this varies).
Blogs are organized in reverse-chronological order from the most recent post, or entry, to the least recent. Blogs are generally public, so other people can share their thoughts and ask questions through the commenting feature on your blog. It’s a great way to connect with other people interested in the same topic, and definitely leans towards the ‘resident’ side of the visitors and residents web usage model.
Sometimes new bloggers feel a bit strange writing down their thoughts and publishing them online for anyone to see. It might seem like a rather vain thing to do. But there are several reasons why blogging is a useful tool both for yourself and for others:
- blogging about what you’ve seen or done is a way of incorporating reflective practice into your professional life.
- blogging about events will help you remember them more clearly in the future, and that’s useful for job applications and when working towards qualifications.
- you will positively impact on other people’s development by blogging your ideas and experiences – professional engagement isn’t just about your development, but it’s also about sharing what you know with others.
- by sharing your ideas and knowledge you’ll be able to engage in conversation with peers outside your local area and develop a wider professional network.
What is tagging?
A tag is simply a word that describes or flags the content of your blog post and can be used to identify posts of interest on a specific topic. When you create a blog post, the blogging software will typically have a section for you to add one or more words as tags. These will then appear with the blog post as links, and if you’ve tagged any other posts with the same words you can link to a list of all of those posts.