Blasts from the past
Posted March 18, 2016on:
A popular hashtag on Instagram seems to be #tbt, which is short for throwback Thursdays. People share old photos of themselves and tag them #tbt or #tbthursday.
This was me more than 40 years ago at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The photo brings back memories — this one was being terrified — but they tend to be faded just like the photo.
The same thing does not seem to happen to a blog though.
One of the nice things about having an edublog is finding out what people are learning from it.
Once a day I check to see what entries people are accessing. Every day I find a nugget that someone else or a group of people decided was useful.
For example, a few days ago I rediscovered something I wrote in 2014, Should tweets be graded? Someone had Googled it and I had forgotten I had even written it.
Occasionally a group decides that an entry is thought-provoking and it will spike my WordPress statistics. This happened recently with a 2013 entry, Security-minded?
This reminded me why I blog fleeting thoughts every day:
- I blog to remember because my mind is designed to forget
- One of the best ways to learn is to reflect
- My blog is a living portfolio
- What is old to me is new to someone else
- What I share now might help someone else later
- I can see how my thoughts have changed, if at all
- I learn from my younger self, when I was pushed to think about an issue
Occasionally, someone reads what I write and asks me to do a talk or workshop, or to provide consulting services. So blogging also opens doors.
But that is not the main reason why I blog. The blasts from the past remind me that I want to open up my mind critically to new things and hope others do the same to theirs.