I am 26 years old. I like to play video games. I like to play computer games. I think I am somewhat computer savvy. I am a member of
generation Y. So, naturally I use Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Google,
Youtube and blogging on a daily basis, right?. "Jain," which in German
means yes and no.

I will give most of the credit to a friend, fellow cohort member in my
doctoral program, mentor and educational inspiration, Chris McGee.
Chris is considered our "tech guy" in our doctoral program because he is
light years ahead of us in terms of his technological knowledge and
experience. It is because of Chris that I started to blog. Which in
turn leads me to my main point of this blog. What is the value added to
blogging and why should I blog?

In my short blogging career I have had a great experience learning how
to blog, as well as the many advantages to blogging. In my opinion the
main benefit of blogging is what I would call the "clearing of the
mind." When I sit down to write I am forced to really evaluate my true
feelings toward particular issues. This in turn allows me to understand
where I stand with particular issues related to education. The first
step in change is to truly understand what you believe in and what you
think. Blogging allows me to sort out my beliefs while expressing my
opinions in an open and accepting forum.

Secondly, I would argue that reading other blogs of what people have
experienced, believe, and think about education related issues can be
extremely powerful in terms of professional development opportunities. I
am still not exactly sure who my target audience is when I blog.
Perhaps my audience is just educators, perhaps educators and parents,
perhaps educators, parents and students...I am not sure. Additionally, I
am not sure if my lack of a target audience is a problem. Do I
absolutely need a target audience, or can I just write to write? Can I
just write to "clear my mind," and if somebody happens to read and like
what I have to say then it is a bonus? I don't have an answer for you,
but I do know one thing for certain. I plan on continuing to blog and
learning about myself, and I would encourage others to explore different
ways of finding yourself and discovering your inner beliefs.

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