Hello dear students,
This module instead of adding your creative writing story and book review(s) to the Writing Portfolio that you have created online for our first module, I want you to start using another tool: A BLOG!
I think that starting an online portfolio and now a blog are very relevant learning experiences. Hopefully, you'll agree with me by the end of the ERW course.
I also hope these experiences become very rewarding experiences too. I also believe they may be useful tools, good examples to share with other people like potential employers. Who knows? Who knows if you keep posting things in your writing portfolio and blog and become famous and rich? :D
Blogs are usually free (they have paid options too, but the free options are great and more than enough!), they are easy to start, customise, manage and share. Personally, I have used and I like Sapo, Blogspot and Wordpress blogging platforms.
Before you start, read this article about starting your own blog by the Minimalists (I truly admire its authors for their message and great posts on minimalism). Then read their article about 15 great reasons to start a blog. Please read them carefully.
Do you agree with their list? Would you add other reasons?
Tell us about your blogging experience.
1- Are you a blogger? Do you have a personal blog? What do you share on it? When/ how did you start? Do you get interesting feedback from readers?
Personallly, I've had a couple of blogs. The one that I still nurture with care is one that I created when I was pregnant of my first child (I have three little kids). There I tell what is going on in our lives, how they grow, funny things they do, etc. It's very special to me. In fact, I started it because I don't know if I'm going to die young (I know this sounds quite tragic...) and I want them to have an idea of who I am, about the relationship we had and what I felt being their mother. Does that make sense?
2- Do you follow any blogs? What blogs do you follow? Tell us about your experience as a follower and readers of blogs.
I love blogs!
I think we are living a wonderful moment in time where for free (or almost for free because we do need internet connection, a writing device and some knowledge/ education) so, I was saying or writing(!): we are living a great moment in history where we can share and voice our opinions freely, where we can share material, knowledge, etc. Take for example Youtube videos! Of course, we must be careful with fake information, online scams and so, but in my opinion, internet and its platforms are great places to contribute to the much needed (r)evolution of society!
What are your thoughts on this?