Everybody and their dog (or cat) blogs these days, its the fashionable thing to do. So if you’re not blogging, what are you missing out on? Nothing, I can hear you cry. You’re not tied to a computer, slaving away at all hours of the day and night so that some random can read your deepest thoughts, right? Who would want to read my online diary anyway?
Well think again. A blog is a tool for reflection. Its a way that learners can take time out to step back and think about an event, an experience or how they are feeling about something. It helps learners to loose their tunnel vision and to take a more objective view of life. And because it allows you to step back and question your thoughts and actions, its symptomatic of higher order thinking and practices. So of course all the best teachers and coaches blog, don’t they? Or should that be all the best learners blog? Because that’s what blogging is all about – learning about yourself, and how many of us are truly comfortable enough to do that?
So if you feel that you’re ready to take the plunge and you want a few questions to prompt your thinking, then here they are.
- Describe what took place – event/learning/incident
- Who was there?
- What did you want from the experience?
- How did you feel?
- How were others feeling?
- What were the considerations or influences on what happened?
- Exactly what happened?
- What was the chain of events?
- Was there more than one reason for the event?
- What are the other perspectives on the event?
- What did you learn?
- What were the consequences?
- What principles underpinned your thoughts/actions?
- What opportunities or challenges arose?
- What did you learn about yourself?
- What did you learn about others?
- What might others have learned about you?
- How has the whole episode made you feel?
- What might you do now?
So there you have it – a few questions to guide your thoughts and emotions, and perhaps take you to a different place. Enjoy the journey.