Blogging here in OU land is to do so within a 'walled garden' (a technical term for a safe haven, a nursery if you will, polytunnel or cold frame if you prefer, even the training pool in a Leisure Complex rather than the open sea.
Can I gather my thoughts this way? That's the idea. More than an aide memoir once you have 100 entries + (there are more like 500 here) with tags, they can be as personal as you decide, and you can search anyway.
What I have found over ten years blogging, and 18 months here, is that almost EVERYTHING you write and tag, title (and categorise if you cut, paste and duplicate into an external blog) sparks off a memory of when and why you made that note or had that thought: you can build on this.
So why go public?
This is where a blog differs from the private diary or journal (which are valuable in their own right). A blog, shared with a discrete tutor group, or just your tutor, with the cohort for that module or the entire course, let alone ALL current OU students and the www, is guided by comments. These are always supportive, constructive, considered and relevant. Only ONCE was I ever 'flamed' and that was nine years ago on an external blog. The thoughts of those on other courses are often the most insightful of all as they come unburdened, curious and willing to challenge.
Firstly, I would like to thank you for taking the time and posting such a welcoming comment on my blog. I'm excited about my journey here at Open University.
Secondly, I would like to add your profile is very impressive. Everything you mentioned are areas my husband and I have interest in as well. We are new in the Business as well as at Open University and welcome any and all feedback you may have.
New commentGood luck and do keep in touch. I've got another year to complete my Masters in Open and Distance Education so I'll continue to visit and read your blog.