Why Blogging is worthwhile
This is my 100th blog post. So to celebrate I tried to come up with 100 reasons to blog. I have linked some to my blogs and a couple to external sites. I have loved blogging over the last 17 months, since my first post in March 2015 I have meandered around a few topics, but I have enjoyed writing each and every one. Some are for fun, others more serious. Some took me hours, some are copy and pasted from work I did for school, interviews or my NPQML project. I hope you have enjoyed reading them. Over 8000 people have viewed my blogs so far.
- It clarifies your ideas
- It opens up discussion beyond your school
- It generates creativity
- It encourages reflection
- It improves your practice in the classroom and beyond.
- It pushes you out of your comfort zone
- It introduces you to new people
- It opens doors
- It gets you noticed by your peers
- It stimulates innovation
- It provides positive feedback or constructive criticism to help you develop
- It demonstrates your areas of strength
- It identifies areas to develop
- It makes you look deeper
- It can open up new areas of interest
- It helps you form a professional identity
- It makes you question your opinions
- It makes you justify your opinions
- It connects you to those with shared interests
- It archives your thoughts or later projects.
- It is cathartic
- It frames your values
- It can validate your beliefs
- It can challenge your beliefs
- It’s not limited by location, you can collaborate with educators worldwide.
- You can make an impact outside your classroom
- You can add value to your work
- You don’t need answers, just ideas
- It stops you watching TV
- It forces you to consider other opinions
- It raises awareness of your role
- It can inspire others
- You can use it to achieve professional goals
- You learn to value others opinions
- It reduces isolation
- It creates a sense of community
- You can showcase your identity
- You can share things you enjoy
- It challenges you to raise your game
- You can build an online identity
- It changes your routine and can give you a new hobby
- It can provide routine and structure to rainy days.
- It is free
- It is fun
- You can write about anything you choose
- It provides an outlet
- It can relieve stress
- It keeps you up to date
- It can reignite your passion
- It can take as little or as much time as you want
- You can solve someone’s problem
- Someone might solve your problem
- It can boost your engagement
- You will develop new skills
- You could change something important
- It can make you more interesting
- You can raise awareness of an important issue
- You might make new friends
- You can say you are an internationally connected educator
- It organizes your thoughts
- It can help break down big topics into achievable areas
- You could turn it into a book, or ebook
- It encourages you to take a stand
- You can save someone else time by sharing resources.
- It builds confidence that your ideas are valued
- It breaks down barriers between school stakeholders
- You can build real relationships with other professionals
- Your audience is unlimited
- It doesn’t matter how irrelevant you think your idea is someone will like it
- It develops persistence, not every post will be popular
- You don’t need to leave the house to do it
- You can do it anywhere with the internet, or capture your thoughts on paper and upload.
- It helps you stay in touch with people
- It can provide a record of your achievements
- It can build rapport with like-minded professionals
- It tells your story as an educator
- It can enhance your knowledge if you research your posts
- It lasts longer than a tweet so you can share with new people.
- You will get better at writing
- You will #notice things around you to blog about
- It is a platform for sharing your passion for teaching
- It gives you a little buzz every time you get a comment
- It helps you deal with criticism, not everyone will agree with you
- It can show off your skills
- It is professional development you control
- It holds you accountable, important in our profession
- It gives you something to talk about in interviews
- It could become your legacy
- It can get you out of a rut
- You can encourage your students to do it
- You might discover a new direction for your career
- It gives individual teachers a voice
- You can interact with people you would never otherwise meet
- It will encourage you to try new things so you can blog about them
- You can experiment with new ideas
- It informs non-teachers about the work you do
- You don’t have to do it alone, guest posts help you connect
- It encourages you to self-critique
- You will find you have more and better teaching ideas
- It gives even the quietest teacher a voice in the field of education
I was going to add “It can make you money” and there are ways to monetize your blog once people start reading it. If you are interested in making a little money from your blog Share-a-sale lets you choose merchants to link with.
Thank you all for taking the time to read. What are your reasons for blogging? Add them to the comments section.
8 thoughts on “100 Reasons to blog”
What an awesome list, Joe. I didn’t think you’d do it. I thought you’d be repeating some, or that the validity of each would diminish. But such was not to be. The list is a true reflection of your creativity and ability to generate ideas. I think you included those two. I agree with most, or all, that you listed. I especially like being part of an online community of like-minded people. And I do love feedback.
Congratulations on your 100th post. The journey will get more exciting from here.
Thanks! When I got to 15 I thought I will never manage 100! The 70-98 where a struggle them I thought of loads more!
You did well. 🙂
And then there is that you increase the number of platforms to express gratitude – becoming reflective has got me counting my blessings every day (one of those is blogs like yours).
Thank you for your comments Sangitha I am very grateful for the community who read and take the time to comment.
I like this a lot! I definitely can identify with some of the list even though i just started. I just started blogging in june, but after reading blogs without engagement on and off for years it is really rewarding to engage and learn/grow with others.
Thank you for the comment and engaging with my blog!
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