What is the purpose of a personal public reflection?

There were several reasons I decided to take on the AprilBlogaDay challenge. One of those reasons was my attempt to get over the thought that a blog was basically a written selfie. I kept asking myself - What is the purpose of a personal public reflection?

After discussing the practice in a chat over the weekend, it became clear that this process is more than just a method to flesh out and expand on an idea or thought that has been limited to a scribble on a scrap of paper. The "Publish" button is just a way to finalize that thought for that moment.

I guess I'm just used to seeing the reaction in the faces of the students in the classroom. On Facebook there is a "Thumbs up" button that at least gives an indication that someone's been there but I'm glad those aren't part of this process. Based on my own experience in reading and (not) commenting, the number of comments for most blog posts must be a very low percentage. By writing it out, it will stick with me a little longer and publishing it just gives it more possible places to bounce.


  1. Yes, not many people comment, that's why I decided next month to take the #EdBlogADay reading and commenting challenge.

    As a few of us said in Saturday's chat, though, you never know who is reading and learning from your posts. Thanks for making your learning visible, and sharing it with all of us in the #AprilBlogADay community. We don't always say so, but THUMBS UP, Tom!


    1. Thanks for the comments. I will be reading and commenting in May as well. I don't think I can keep up with the blog-a-day pace, though. It has made the process likely to happen more regularly.


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