On putting things out there

NaBloPoMo #8 – Saturday evenings are not my optimal blogging time; this will be short.

I came across a review of a book entitled Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered. It’s a timely piece for me; I’ve been struggling with how to present half-baked thoughts in a blog and other media. As a craftsperson, musician, and even in my professional life I don’t like to present work that doesn’t have a bit of polish on it. As a teacher it’s different – I see giving students a peek behind the curtain as critical to helping them grow as learners. That is, a teacher should be a model student first and foremost, exhibiting not only the skills of inquiry but how to handle the emotional destress that “not knowing (yet)” can bring.

Writing a blog is different than jotting down thoughts in a private journal. There’s a feeling of accountability to a reader; if somebody is going to click and spend even a few minutes perusing these words, I ought to be giving them something worthy of their time. On the other hand, I am feeling the need to start expressing only partially formed ideas, particular around the grand questions of education and learning (one reason I started this blog in the first place). Of course, one can do both: express half-baked ideas in a succinct and readable form.

Given the strength of the review on the Brain Pickings website, I’m going to put Show Your Work at the top of my “to read” pile.


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