After initial hesitance around the idea of setting up a blog, I’ve taken to it like the proverbial duck to water!
One unexpected but welcome outcome is that the art of blogging forces me to be more circumspect, more reflective in my thinking, being clear that I really understand the why behind what I think. I am compelled to stop and analyse my thoughts behind whatever has been buzzing around in my brain that compells me to get my fingers typing.
This is good practice! Whatever it is that we come across in our working days we should be responding to it. Sometimes we need to celebrate, sometimes we need to retreat and lick our wounds before embarking on the assault again. But becoming reflective practioners allows us to replicate the good results and minimise our frustrations when things don’t go quite the way we want them to. It’s not just what we read, it’s what we do with it that affects our day to day practice.
Blogging, I have come to realise, is also a good discipline. It helps create good habits and so, not content with only this blog, I’ve now created a blog about the books I’m reading. You’ll find it at http://sengasbooks.wordpress.com/. Those of you reading this who are librarians will I’m sure, be constantly asked for good book recommendations, most likely not just by your students, but by teaching colleagues, family and friends. And if you’re anything like me, it can sometimes be difficult to recall just the titles and authors you think someone might enjoy. My hope for this new blog is that I can now direct people to my own favourites as well as just revisit it myself to jog the memory.