Blogging

Welcome!

Welcome to my second blog post! Today’s topic is blogging – what it is, what its benefits are and how it can improve your PIM and PKM.

What is a blog?

A blog is a method of online expression on behalf of the author. It is a way for them to communicate their own thoughts and feelings to an audience, whether it be a private selected audience or publicly accessible.
Not unlike a diary or a journal, it includes regular dated entries on topics of choice. The only difference to a diary is that it exists online and is not private.
A blog has no limits, no restrictions and no guidelines; it is simply the words of the individual who created it.
Blog posts are not often long, but dense and each dedicated to a specific subject.
Blogs can exist for a number of purposes whether it is for someone to share a collection of recipes or for a company representative to discuss business strategies.
While each blog varies significantly and you will not often find two the same, one thing most blogs do have in common is an air of encouragement for questions.
They often exist to engage their readers in a thought process that sparks discussion and welcomes opinion.

How can blogging improve your PIM and PKM?

PIM – Personal Information Management
PKM – Personal Knowledge Management

Blogging will improve my PIM and PKM in a number of ways.

PIM

  • The regular, dated entries will help me manage both my time and resources effectively.
  • The blogging process has also reinforced the necessity of both research and reference. While opinions make up a significant portion of blogs it is crucial to also have concrete facts to boost the credibility of these opinions, alongside the source of these facts.

PKM

  • What I have found refreshing so far is having an environment in which informal writing, alongside opinion is encouraged! It is important to be able to adopt different writing styles as opposed to strictly formal, essay styled writing.
  • The engagement this course requires is also fascinating, being encouraged to read the blogs of other students allows us to see questions are not as simple as they appear – they are subject to numerous approaches and interpretations.
  • I believe blogging also encourages disagreement. Disagreement is a fantastic foundation for discussion, something everyone needs to extend their knowledge base.

What are other kinds of social networks you can use to manage your learning and share your knowledge?

Blogging is not the only form of social media you can use to manage learning and share information, others include:

Facebook
I am a member of multiple Facebook pages that are dedicated to particular papers at Massey. Each group exists to both display information and provoke questions regarding any uncertainties. It is then up to the other students in the page to answer these questions, and provide their own suggestions.
It’s main success is that it provides those perhaps unwilling to ask the lecturer questions a more informal alternative.
It is a website that allows both the management of learning and the sharing of information, all to ensure students are on track and aware of what is expected of them.

YouTube
YouTube is one of, if not the most useful site to manage learning and share information.
Users are able to verbally and visually express information to the public, a capability some sites lack.

Questions

  • What are some of your favourite blogs?
  • Do you have a blog of your own? Why or why not?
  • Do you like the concept of blogging?

Thank you!

Once again, thank you for reading.

Annie Moffatt

 

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