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Blogging Hare vs Blogging Tortoise

Hare_vs_TortoiseWhich kind of blogger are you, a Tortoise are a Hare? We grow up learning the story of these two rivals, and taking away the lesson that slow and methodical overcomes fast and impulsive, but does that lesson apply to blogging as well? Or, more specifically, to all forms of blogging, or just some?

I find myself thinking upon this after coming across two blog posts today: one arguing for quick blogging, the other for slow blogging. They both seem to raise valid points, but they also seem to be looking from different perspectives. Amy, the author of the post How to Blog Without the Time Sink, makes some excellent points about blogging for professional development. She recommends using your blog as your “backup brain”, and making it part of your “ongoing process”. I highly recommend reading her post, as it is an excellent framework for how to use a blog for professional development and social networking.

On the other hand, there is the Slow Blog Manifesto, written by Todd. Todd seems to be looking at blogging more as purposeful writing and art, and currently “publishes words and images with deliberate infrequency”. He makes a rather nice argument for thoughtful blogging, but ironically seems to have a “quick blog” of his own as well. I guess that he also agrees that not all blogs should be slow blogs, but I for one am glad that there are slow blogs out there. I keep a few in my reading list to dip into when I escape from the work/study cycle. After all, “all work and no play…”

So what about this blog, is it a slow blog or a quick blog or a slow blog? Currently it seems to be more of a slow blog, based purely on pace, not the quality of the prose ;^), but that will change with time. This blog, and site, were created as a reaction to my studies in Educational Technology & TESOL. I found that in addition to reading information, I needed to also create and discuss to better internalize concepts and develop deeper understanding. To meet these goals, I think that will focus more on following the three suggestions of Amy in her post:

  • Blog your initial brainstorming
  • Blog your research and discovery
  • Blog your interactions

I wont say that I will go as far as to stop using my draft folder on the blog, but I do think that I will focus more on sharing ideas, and less on polishing them. The learning is in the discussion, not the editing. It is better to put up raw ideas and discuss them than to leave them both unpublished and ignored…

So, although I know that the tortoise always wins the race, I think that the hare may have more interesting discussions and make more connections. Also, learning is a path, not a goal, so let the tortoises focus on the finish line. Personally, I don’t think there is one.
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3 Comments

  1. Clare McCullagh wrote:

    Hi Steve
    I’m browsing during half time of the rugby world cup. Was interested to read this posting about blogging. I started keeping a blog for my researcher competence module which I’m doing this semester – we have to keep some kind of reflective journal as part of the course, so it seemed the obvious thing to do. But it didn’t seem to work so well if you want to add to certain themes again and again. The linear order in which blog postings are displayed by date order didn’t necessarily fit what I wanted. I’ve recently been using wikis for collaborative writing projects with colleagues, and they’re just great for this. They work well if you want to build on themes rather than build a linear sequence of events, which I felt I wanted to do in my journal. So I’ve switched to using a wiki for my reflective journal rather than a blog, even though it didn’t initially seem the obvious thing to do. You’re such a prolific blog user, I wondered if you’d compared their use in this way before?
    Back to the rugby 😉
    Clare.

    Sunday, October 21, 2007 at 5:04 am | Permalink
  2. Stephen Henneberry wrote:

    Clare,
    Great question… There are definite benefits to both, but it sounds like you made the right choice with the wiki. While I think that a blog works great for the reflective part, especially if you are looking for discussion on the topic, a wiki is a great way to keep a more in depth record of information. Blog posts are just not intended to be edited once they are posted. Discussions may ensue in the comments, but the post remains pretty static. On the other hand, a wiki is meant to be updated and refreshed. Why not do a combination of the two? A blog for recording thoughts and starting discussions, and a wiki for compiling and updating your information/conclusions?
    Hmm… Perhaps I should do a blog post on this to explore the advantages more… Thanks for checking in!

    Wednesday, October 24, 2007 at 7:35 pm | Permalink
  3. Clare McCullagh wrote:

    Hi Steve
    Hmnn, both seems like a good combination, I guess that’s what you’ve done here with the Ning site.
    I’d never come across ning before you sent out the invitation to join the group you set up, but recently joined another ning group related to online learning… it is such a nice interface compared to many other social networking type sites – I have to use one or two others for work and they’re awful in comparison 🙂
    Clare

    Monday, October 29, 2007 at 5:25 am | Permalink

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