I write this blog for many and varied reasons. Not to sound corny, but this blog makes me feel part of a web community. This blog also provides information to my students regarding new gadgets and associated technologies. And to be honest, there’s a bit of ego and vanity involved also.
But the main reason is that the exercise of writing helps me better understand. I may think I understand a technology, such as, to take one example, resistive vs. capacitive touch screens. But once I start putting pen to paper (figuratively), I find my knowledge is superficial and incomplete. Perhaps to avoid the embarrassment of posting superficial or incorrect information, I research the issue … and learn … before I publish.
(I could say a similar thing about teaching. I may think I understand a concept. However, when I prepare to explain it in depth to my students, I sometimes realize that I don’t understand the concept as well as I thought I did. So again, I research … and learn … before I teach.)
Writing also helps me make choices. As you know, I am constantly dithering between gadgets. (Maybe that’s what the guy in the picture is doing too.) The discipline of writing helps me identify the various factors I should consider and then weigh them.
What do you think?