While trying to be inspired to begin writing the Reflection for our final assessment piece, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the whole participatory culture of social media. To be honest, I hadn’t even heard of the term until this unit! It was my first indication that this final unit of my masters was to be full of terms and ideas that were foreign to me!
I have developed a new respect for blogging in particular. Previously, my participation with blogging had been to read… and that’s it! I would find myself admiring the writers of these blogs, and wonder where they found their passion (and the time) needed to be so wise, and prolific, and learned and inspired! I now have a tad more understanding of why someone may wish to blog… it’s the participation from others, and the pathways blogging opens to a wider community that can inspire.
I find myself keen to read what others may think about what I have written, or what they think about a similar topic to one that has interested me. Even though I have never met my fellow bloggers, there is a familiarity that develops over sharing posts! I have enjoyed ‘getting to know’ people through the more personal style of writing found in blogging. I no longer feel like the only one who doesn’t ‘get it’, or know about something, or is concerned about something else. I love the practicalities of a topic you can find in blogging.
While there will always be a part of me that will prefer a good old chat over a coffee or wine, or physically attending a seminar or event, I now recognise the broad range of connections, knowledge and experience that blogging can offer as one that I would like to pursue… as long as I can find… and maintain… the passion… and time…