About month ago, when the course instructor assigned our cohort with a task to start blogging, I wondered how would my writing contribute towards learning community. After few trials of blog posts in adherence to the set criteria by the instructor, I understood the significance of the assignment.
A detailed reading on the importance of blogging in academia made me understand that the knowledge sharing in an informal tone, appeals to a wider range of audience including non-academic (Estes, 2012, pp. 980-981). Especially, when blogs have options to comment, the writer is encouraging a dialogue with the reader and thus providing a platform for knowledge creation. The blog may eventually become a buffer or perhaps a catalyst for constructing a virtual network of knowledge.
One of the parameters for the assignment was to limit the word count to a maximum of 300. It is easy to wander and get lost in thoughts, but when writing one must attempt to engage the reader actively. It ‘s hard to comprehend and present all the information you wanted to in such short limit, but I also realized that it is imperative of an amateur writer like me to learn how to be precise and focused. As a learner, I hope to keep learning and contribute to the community in an informed way. I appreciate my instructors and my classmates for being a critical resource in these initial steps of the journey.
Estes, H. (2012). “Blogging and Academic Identity.” Literature Compass, 9(12), 974–982. http://doi.org/10.1111/lic3.12017