I was speaking about blogging and education to my good friend Phil Didion (I call him Phillip K. Didion sometimes because of our mutual love of science fiction and renowned sci-fi author, Phillip K. Dick, and because of how well the nickname works.) Phil has quite a bit more blogging and writing experience than I do and he was kind enough to let me blather on about my thoughts on education and give me some feedback. He said:
- If you feel passionate about something its good to get your thoughts out. Even if you don’t blog, just journal. It helps.
- The only way you can get better at translating your thoughts into a good blog post is by doing the same thing anyone does to get good at writing. Do a lot of it.
I thought that was very good advice. Even though I’ve only written two blog posts before this one I had a couple thoughts about it as well and they’re closely related. The first is to be brief. I wanted a medium where I could be more verbose than Facebook and Twitter, but I don’t really think that anyone wants to read my hundred page thesis on education philosophy every other day. The second is to stay mostly on topic. I write like I speak, winding around the point, making a lot of asides and tangents, and providing more background then necessary. I don’t know whether it is some conceited thing where I like hearing my own words or if I just feel compelled to give people a complete picture when I tell a story.
As I blog more I hope with practice that I get better at organizing and communicating my thoughts in a concise manner.