Thing 4: Blog Posting: Art or Science?

A chemistry teacher by profession, I realize that the genre of blog writing is not simply an art. Artistic expressions are generally blended  liberally with imagination, and may generally call for extreme visualization on the part of the visitor; this approach would lead the visitor to spend a lot of time deciphering what is in the Blog Post. Such an approach may eventually turn into a wasteful activity.

As teachers we are aware of the power of communication in the teaching-learning process. We do not indulge in beating about the bush to communicate to our learners. Blog posts have the distinction of being a web-based communication targeting a large cross-section of the people. When understood in this manner, writing for Blog Posts has to follow a rigorous frame work, be systematic and must possess the hall mark of teaching brevity.

Scientific communications are generally crisp, clear, direct,  and brief; when asked whether grammar is important for blog posts, the answer is “No.” Nobody really expects a classical grammar exposition in blog posts. I recently read an  article on Power Point Reform; the same rules apply to  the content presentation for blog posts.

Blog posts for teachers help in double ways: On the one hand, they help communicating what they intend to communicate others. On the other hand, they can learn from others’ experience be it teachers or students.

For instance a teacher can discuss expressively a critical issue such as Why I don’t assign homework and discuss the limitations in student development that accrue by the limitations of teacher performance as brought out by a post titled Wandering Ink by Kris Bradburn. The teacher can get the most out of students’  perspective of teachers from the blog posts of students like the one titled Patrick’s Update posted on the blog by a fifth grader.

So there is a lot of difference between writing in general and writing for blogs. similarly reading blog posts require special functioning of eyes and domains of the brain. This necessitates judicious blending of  graphics, weblinks and other real-time demonstrations or media.