📓 Examples of Developing a Blog

Blogs change over time:

I was recently asked by someone online how they could get their blog up and running again, beyond simply posting more often. My initial ideas were to tell a story about what you are learning right now, make something new, be the connection that gives other’s a voice or return to why. However, what matters most is where you are at right now. source

Here then are a collection of examples from various bloggers capturing how they have ‘developed’

Chris Munro reflects on his move to coaching and sharing within a more professional space:

I’ll continue to share my writing by posting links here for the time being and I may still do the occasional reflective piece source

Peter DeWitt talks about he the changes to his blog from more informal beginnings to quite purposeful and structured posts. This has included his move from Principal to Consultant and now to author and editor.

I am not totally going away though. I will be writing a monthly column for Education Week. There will be more information to follow, but the columns will begin in September. With the changes from 3 times a week to a monthly column, we needed you to know why the format will look a bit different and will be less frequent. Stay tuned.source

Greg Ashman blogged under the pseudonym ‘Harry Webb’. After some pressure, he archived it to focus on his own site.

And everyone assumed that I was out to convince; that I was making a case in order to persuade. It wasn’t that at all. It gave me the freedom to talk into the void. That’s why it was anonymous; freedom. As it grew, I saw it as a resource for those people who already agreed with me: Do you think knowledge is important too? Great. Here are some useful links.source

Clint Lalonde reflects on ten years of blogging and explains why he is splitting his writing between Clintlalonde.net and EdTech Factotum.

his’ll be the last EdTech’ish post here. I’ll be moving much of my professional life to EdTech Factotum. This site will have more of some of the other stuff I used to blog about mentioned above. Likely some politics, a lot of soccer, parenting, media criticism and bikes. So, stick around if that is up your alley. Still like to have you here. But if it is mostly EdTech, OpenEd, online learning and that stuff, EdTech Factotum is the spot to be.source

Dave Winer reflects on the beginnings of blogging and how things have changed over time:

22 years ago today I wrote my first blog post. It went out via email to people I had met at tech conferences over the years, and was published to the web. I didn’t know it would catch on, but I did know it was something new. I was just telling my business friends that there was a product rollout in San Francisco that they might want to go to.source

Richard Byrne reflects on ten years blogging and identifies some of the things that have changed:

Windows netbooks are a thing of the past. Although you could argue that a Chromebook is really just a netbook.
Windows and Mac operating systems have changed.
Android phones and tablets are plentiful and affordable.
Mobile phones are much more capable than they were ten years ago.
We consume more information through social media than we do through newspapers and traditional television programming.
More schools have 1:1 programs than ten years ago.
Cloud computing is more prevalent than ever.source

Gill Light discusses the interest in writing, but in different spaces:

This blog has been around for rather a long time. I believe I started it nearly 8 years ago which, in internet years, makes it at least 25. However it hasn’t held the allure in recent years and I have been pondering why. I still love writing and am a lot more prolific on my running blog. I still love teaching and learning, both within and beyond my classroom walls. For some reason, the spark doesn’t seem to carry through to writing about it once I’m at home. And there are lots of reasons for that – some simple and some a lot more complex. Perhaps they should become blog posts of their own.source

Harold Jarche discusses his experience of blogging over time, highlighting some of the changes and challenges:

Starting this blog in 2004 helped me connect with a global audience and share ideas with many people who over the years have become friends and colleagues. I was more optimistic at that time because we were not dealing with constant outrage on social media, fake news, surveillance capitalism, and the extinguishing of net neutrality. Given the online land grab by the platform monopolists it is becoming even more important for individuals to have a space they control on the web. It seems fewer of us are blogging because there are many more convenient options that require less time and thought. But we need thoughtful bloggers, unconstrained by platforms and publishers, now more than ever before. An aggressively engaged citizenry is essential to democracy.source

Although she has not explicitly reflected upon the move, Vicki Davis’ blog has morphed over time to be pro-dominantly driven by voice.

Frank Meeuwsen documents 17 years of blogging and the many iterations along the way.

Tom Critchlow discusses his move to blogchains and his intent behind them:

Ok, so why blogchains? For me personally it’s about three core ideas:

1) Slouching towards mediocrity and allowing myself the freedom of short-ish posts. Venkatesh aims for 300 words. Seems like a good number.

2) Infinite, open-ended world building. I just finished reading an Emissaries Guide to Worlding and I’m inspired to think about world building, infinite game exploration and more as a practice.

3) Blogpunk. I wrote about blogpunk recently but I’m keen on the idea of making blogging feel weird and something unto itself. Maybe blogchains are a way to do that? (source)

Venkatesh Rao reflects on blogchains and the changes to his blogging habits describing it as the the rewilding of his blogging:

Applied to a blog, angkorwatification is a sort of textual equivalent of rewilding. You have a base layer of traditional blog posts that is essentially complete in the sense of having created, over time, an idea space with a clear identity, and a more or less deliberately conceived architecture to it. And you have a secondary organic growth layer that is patiently but relentlessly rewilding the first, inorganic one. That second layer also emerges from the mind of the blogger of course, but does so via surrender to brain entropy rather than via writerly intentions disciplining the flow of words. I’ve seen some other old sites undergo angkorwatification. Some seem to happily surrender to it like I am doing, others seem to fight it, like I won’t.(source)

Reflecting on 2019, Martin Weller touches on the move away from moments to thoughtful essays:

The thing I’ve been struggling with is that a lot of the bloggers I admire have effectively become very good ed tech journalists, writing very well researched, thoughtful essays. These are excellent, but working in academia, blogging performs a different function for me – I write research papers and books which is the place for the carefully argued work. My blog felt like an antidote to that in a way – a place to put out half baked ideas and quick posts that are knocked off in-between other things.(Quote)

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