06 Jun

what’s the point of #blogjune?

noun_43525Earlier in the week, I told my undergrad IT students about #blogjune and I thought I better tell them *why* we do this.

Which made me realise I don’t know why ‘we’ (as a group) do this. But I think I know why I do.

Firstly, it’s a means of making myself blog, which means I’m writing, and writing informally. And writing informally helps we with my academic writing.

Secondly, I’d be lying to myself if I didn’t admit that I do this in part in the hope I’ll start blogging regularly again. It’s a subconscious motivator but it never actually works! I’ve always been a sporadic blogger anyway, so I don’t know why I think a month of intensive blogging is going to turn that around.

Thirdly, it’s about community. It’s a chance to reconnect with people in my personal learning network and see what they’re up to. This type of reconnecting doesn’t happen on Twitter or Instagram, because those short form media don’t allow the same level of engagement. I participate in #blogjune to maintain relationships with other professionals.

And finally, it’s about professional discourse. Tonight I’ll be posting on Libraries Interact about the Australian library and information profession and the changing blogging landscape. I play along with #blogjune as a blogger, a reader, and a commenter because it fosters extended professional discourse,  knowledge sharing, and thinking out loud, and I think these are incredibly important things. More on this in my day 6 post 😉

So I’m wondering, why do you participate in #blogjune?

#blogjune 5/30

3 thoughts on “what’s the point of #blogjune?

  1. For me, it’s about getting myself back into the habit of writing about my experiences and thoughts and sharing them with an online community.

    On the former point, I think documenting these things on something as simple as a blog can be important, because it forces us to be mindful – of where we are in our lives, be it professionally, geographically, or creatively. It makes us reflect on where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going. Doing it daily gives us the discipline to prioritise time – whether it’s 2 hours or 15 minutes – to reflect and record these reflections. It also challenges that voice in our heads that say “I’ve got nothing to say”, when really, the fact is that we’re not confident enough to assert our own voices in the world. And if we can write a post every day in June, then we can definitely write one 2-3 times a week for the rest of the year!

    On the latter, it’s an excellent time to be blogging, because a whole bunch of our online peers are, so we’re going to be more aware of the content that is being generated in the blogosphere. And it’s exciting to see what people will be blogging about tomorrow, and the next day, etc… Any other time of the year, a blog post might go by unnoticed, but right now there’s the knowledge that I have an audience – which also makes me want to lift my blogging game.

    • Mindfulness is something I have been thinking about a lot. Also, intentionality and presence. Blogging is so good for these things, and really these are the primary reasons I started this blog.

      And the reflecting out loud does have the great by-product of creating a personal archive. I can look back over this blog and see pivotal moments in my PhD progress and be reminded of what was going on at the time. I use Instagram for this too, because I’m a really visual person so I remember better with image prompts.

      You’re also right on the regular posting front: I *should* be able to do this a couple of times a week, and I’d like to give it a good crack. Maybe I’ll try scheduling it in, since nothing really happens if it’s not on the schedule.

    • Hi Andrew,
      I enjoyed your comment about confidence when blogging and sharing our reflections. This is something I have been thinking about lately – I think it very much links with how we are seen and see ourselves.

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