I use blogging as an opportunity to develop my ideas, reflect on my practice and question my assumptions. This can mean I write about things that I am learning, things that frustrate me, things that have impacted on me as a person, either recently or in the past and things I strive for in the future.
“Having an audience can clarify thinking. It’s easy to win an argument inside your head. But when you face a real audience, you have to be truly convincing.”
– Clive Thomson from How Successful Networks Nurture Good Ideas Thinking Out Loud
I have previously written about this process for me and how I see writing in this online space.
Recently someone commented to me “You will get plenty of “likes” on that post!”
That honestly threw me for a moment. Really “likes”? Yes people have “liked” my posts and the little star in my WordPress bar shines bright orange to let me know, but for me this has no impression on me, not even a warm fuzzy, I just click the star to make it go back to grey.
I have never “liked” (to my knowledge) any blog post. I have definitely “liked” on FaceBook and “favourited” on twitter. I “like” on FaceBook because I only connect with my friends (people I have actually met) and it is a quick way of acknowledging something funny or endearing that they have shared. I “favourite” on twitter to record an idea, or a point of view that I want to return to.
If I read a post that challenges my thinking, evokes emotion or speaks passionately about an area I am interested in, then I won’t “like” it, I will share it and most likely I will comment on it.
Personally, I would rather a comment that disagrees with my writing, challenges my approach or makes suggestions rather than just get a star.
I feel the same about giving stickers to kids! What does a sticker actually achieve for student development without any feedback? It shows you “liked” it, but what did you actually like about it, what could they do to make it even better?
I realise people use “likes” in different ways and social media is amass with ways to acknowledge approval or disapproval, I would just encourage to continue the dialogue to push the thinking further when reading work online or off, whether they be a teacher, student or other!