Earlier 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?