Blog on Blogging
I’ve loved getting a chance to use and maintain a blog throughout this semester- no, I didn’t get to use it as much as I would have perhaps liked too, but it really gave me a chance to put my thoughts out there, to share them with the world, to explore outside of my comfort zone.
At first, I expected it too be difficult- how do you write a post? What writing style? What do you include? How do you make it engaging?- So many questions. But through this experience, I think I had the chance to discover an answer.
Blogging gave me a chance to solidify information I’d learned through labs, projects and field trips. By sharing them in the form of a blog post, I was forced to take a step back, think about and reflect on what I had learned, and then teach some piece of it to the audience. It is said that we learn best when we teach others, because it requires some mastery of the subject level- for me, this has always rung true- I love explaining things to others when we’re studying, because it helps be understand the material better, face any questions or trouble or challenges I encounter as I explain, and reach my own answer. Blogging is in a way an extension of this.
Some of my favorite blog posts included righting about Malala in response the the KQED DoNow, because it was an issue I cared about deeply, sharing the experience of our trip to the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve complete with lots of pictures, because in sharing the experience, I felt like I made it more powerful, and righting about Nature vs. Nurture. Through these posts I’ve gotten a chance to explore different opinions, try out different viewpoints, and learn myself. Sometimes there isn’t one clear right answer, and while writing a blog doesn’t make one answer more right, it allows you to study the advantages and disadvantages, to think it through thoroughly before reaching, or not reaching, a conclusion.
Biology in particular often confronts ethical questions. The things we learn about, whether it be being able to read the human genome, use biotechnology to produce clones, or dissect fetal pigs, can raise controversial questions. A lot of these posts have given me a chance to explore, as a form my own opinions, where I stand. I love that about blogging.
Blogging allows you to express your thoughts to an audience, to record them, to reflect on them, to think on them deeply, in a form of discussion with oneself— I’ve really loved having this chance as I learned about Biology.
I hope you get a chance to Explore blogging on your own, Dream about what blogging brings you, and take a chance to Examine your feelings- and perhaps take a look around my blog.
Thanks for reading- and remember, Explore, Dream, Examine.
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