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August 25, 2004

responses to predictable process etc…

Follow-up to predictable process of personal blogging? from Kay's stuff

These responses are really interesting and insightful – and actually demonstrate the use of discourse blogging (with a touch of the personal).
I think that Steve may be right – that two systems may be running concurrently: the public and the private. That seems entirely reasonable, in fact most of us don't reveal that much about our thoughts and feelings to people outside a quite restricted circle (in some cases a circle of one).
Mike Rawlins – Chalybeate Training – draws a distinction between an intellectual route to learning from experience and the parallel emotional route. Whereas the intellectual route goes from 'situation' to resolution via 'awareness to acceptance to application of new insight' the emotional route may include some or all of frustration, disappointment, anger, hurt pride, fear, exposure. The reward for working through these is a much deeper learning that includes the ‘reward’ of renewed confidence, self awareness and another step towards self-realisation.

Is it possible that the public blog will show the intellectual reflection on progress and the private blog the emotional? In which case blogging may be uniquely suited to fearless (?) self-development and learning from life. But if the emotional route (which I guess most of us recognise) is important, then should we make our private blog accessible to somebody? some people? everybody? since feedback and shared recognition of life’s dilemmas are part of the learning process too.

Or is this all a bit much for a new e-learning tool to carry…..

predictable process of personal blogging?

Follow-up to does blogging change the way you think? from Kay's stuff

Alison and I have been talking about the way that a new blog changes in style over time… and how this can replicate the development of a conversation with somebody new. I think I recognise the following stages in blog postings:
First blog: a slightly self-conscious ‘hello, this is me – don’t know how this will work out’
Then ‘about me’ blogs, followed about ‘what I've been doing lately’ blogs, often with photos
Then a more discursive style evolves – the blogger contributes to, and initiates topics, in style that invites responses, at this stage the more reflective thinking kicks in – and a new discourse may develop.
Finally, and not inevitably, the blogs become more personal, issues are described in terms of personal dilemmas and concerns rather than abstract ideas. This is where a log can become more of a personal journal. Different temperaments will be more or less self-aware and/or self-revealing so this stage may never appear in the blogs of the naturally introspective.
Does this sequence make sense?

does blogging change the way you think?

Following from yesterday's thoughts on PDP and blogging – what impact (if any) does blogging have on our habitual thought processes? Does the blog-writer develop new ways of thinking reflectively – or this just a new way of getting ideas 'out there' ... or wasting time! ...?

In short – has blogging changed your mind/your life??

(by the way – ?time to start a new blog thread about eccentric punctuation – including the misuse of dots and dashes instead of commas and stops…..?)

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