The Fruits of Blogging

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” – Pablo Picasso

I have just passed the milestone of posting to this blog 300 days in a row. Writing a blog has been so personally gratifying to me, mostly because of the community of friendship and support I feel with fellow bloggers on this journey.

So I looked around for studies about blogs and found some interesting conclusions that come from a paper published by the Canadian Center of Science Education. The paper entitled The Effectiveness of Using Online Blogging for Students’ Individual and Group Writing studied a students who were learning English as a Foreign Language. Studying their writing styles before and after a 14-week period of blogging, here are some of the key take-aways that caught my eye:

  • Not only do learners better improve their writing skills through blogging practices, they can also build their self-confidence as writers and attract a wider audience.
  • Blogging practices play an active role in encouraging learners to experiment, take risks and foster their awareness to be private and public writers.
  • Blogging helped both individual learners and groups come up with more engaging ideas.
  • As practice time progressed, learners using blogging tried to transform their writings when they acknowledged their audience and expected or anticipated a level of interaction in the form comments, criticism or support.
  • Blogging became a space where they could improve their writing, and where numerous readers and bloggers were also arbiters in matters of language usage and mechanics, cohesion, coherence, idea generation, debate, discussion, critical thinking and so on.

I couldn’t find a study that verified the positive benefits of interacting with an interesting and interested group of people with whom one would have never met otherwise and who comment in ways that inspire and delight. But I don’t need a study to affirm that – because I live it every day! Thank you my blogging friends!

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37 thoughts on “The Fruits of Blogging

  1. Congratulations, Wynne.
    I commend you on completing 300 insightful posts!
    What an achievement, writing one post daily while taking care of two young ones and fulfilling your other commitments. Bravo!
    Best wishes.

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    1. Thank you for this lovely comment, Chaya! It feels like blogging brings me some vitality that I don’t find in my “regular work.” So delighted that it has enabled me to meet wonderful people like you!

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  2. What an insightful study. Each of the points listed I can personally attest to. Today’s post on THG marked my 100th post since I started blogging a year ago. Clearly I’m not posting every day but I am writing every day, which is the reason I started blogging. As a recovering social media avoider, I have become more comfortable and confident with taking risks and sharing pieces of my life. This never would have happened if not for the incredible support of the blogging community. I am very grateful. Blogging here has truly been transformative!
    I love the idea of using blogging as a teaching tool too!

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    1. So very well said, Natalie. Writing every day is transformative! And the support is so critical to helping us take those risks and be more vulnerable! Love this comment – and meeting you as part of this community! ❤

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  3. Love the quote and all you shared here. Though I am still trying to get over the 300 consecutive days of blogging achievement! WOW! That’s amazing work. And I for one love your posts. Keep writing and I’ll keep reading.

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  4. Congrats on this amazing milestone, Wynne! I am always impressed by how you can create new content on a daily basis while parenting two kids. Impressive.

    Also interesting and insightful to read about the impact of blogging on students and the quality of their writing. Practice indeed makes perfect!!

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    1. I think you were the first person to help me realize that writing is part of my self-care and it has been so awesome for that this year. I am always so amazed that you find something encouraging and insightful to write about my posts – even when on vacation!! I’m so grateful to have met you in the course of this year!

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      1. I didn’t realize I did that and I am glad I was able to do so! 😊 Blogging has been a wonderful way to connect with wonderful people and I equally feel grateful we got to connect!

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  5. Oh wow, that quote has changed the way I look at pursuing new things. And yes, I’ve found that writing for an audience (though I always recommend writing for yourself) helps my personal writing, and vice versa. So I’m glad I’ve stuck to my practice for a while.

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    1. What an interesting observation about writing for yourself as well as an audience! Yes, it does help improve all the way around. Thanks for reading and commenting, Stuart!

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  6. You amaze me with your ability and commitment to post daily. That’s quite an accomplishment. Congratulations on 300 posts in a row, Wynne. Writing can be a lonely experience but WordPress has changed that for me. It’s a blessing to connect here with like minded people who share a love and passion for words. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you. Even if I can’t engage daily, I do make it a point to read all of your posts. Happy blogging!!

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    1. Thank you, Nancy! Yes – “like minded people who share a love and passion for words.” And who I also experience to be empathetic, interesting and kind — like you. So grateful to have connected with you through this experience!

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  7. 300 days in a row?!?! Holy cow! I’m shocked that I recently posted 3 times in one week! I think I did, anyway. Did I? Anyway, Wowsa, girl!
    And that’s cool and not at all surprising that so many benefits were found for those students who blogged regularly. Good for them. A great practice.

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    1. You’ve blogged longer than I have so you’ve probably developed a lot of wisdom and pacing that I have not yet gleaned.:) But for however we do it, you are right – it’s a great practice!

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