I am a writer and a teacher, specifically a writing teacher, so blogging is a natural forum for me to share my lessons and experiences. However, as a writer and a person who needs to write to think, to understand, to reflect, blogging is even more important to me as a lifelong learner.
I’ve blogged for years. When I was an active online publisher I ran dozens of themed blogs covering topics from writing to trivia to parenting. When I was a Ph.D. student I blogged (see The Care and Feeding of a Ph.D. Student) because some of my classes required it and I quickly found blogging an useful tool to help me sort through the new knowledge and experiences I needed to synthesize, but due to the demands of a Ph.D. program combined with a full-time job and motherhood I posted in fits and starts. As I moved to the Ph.D. candidate phase I found blogging was more important to me and I started a new blog, Metawriting, and was much more dedicated as I worked through the dissertation process, refined my research agenda, and planned my professional goals. Then in January 2013, I decided to move my blog to my web site and committed to a regular blogging schedule. I’m not organized enough to post on a specific day each week (mostly because once I write a blog post I’m usually eager to share it right away) but I strive to post every week – and was pleased to discover that less than a year later I have 52 posts on my Metawriting blog on Deanna Mascle.com (this is post #52). Apparently I can keep some resolutions!
Read the full “What Blogging Taught Me” post on my Metawriting blog at: http://metawriting.deannamascle.com/