Who I write for..

The last few days I have seen a round of congratulatory Tweets about which Blog has been nominated for some sort of Edublog award.

The angry little child in me squirms and says “why hasn’t anyone noticed my blog? What about my great post on?” Then I remember why I do this blogging business in the first place.

I enjoy the experience of being able to express myself. I have managed, in the process of becoming a blogger to really sort out my own thinking on education and indeed the larger subject that is part of the title of my blog “lifelong learning”. I have put in a number of videos which I like and which have moved me, excited me and taught me to see the world in different ways.

I have had the experience of being a writer, which is something that I have wanted to do all my life, but which seemed like a distant dream as I moved through career and middle age and forgot the power of my own dream… to write the wonderful words, to coin the brilliant phrase and to put together something that someone else would be moved by or enlightened by.

I have written elsewhere about the power of blogging as a means to become a better writer. To learn expression, phraseology, to use words to effect. I have said that I believe that all children should have the chance to blog and to blog about what they want to write about because it is only in this personal connection to the subject matter that the real passion and interest will show itself.

I have not blogged about “X-Factor” or “Strictly Come Dancing”. I have blogged about Martin Luther King, Sir Ken Robinson and the wonderful Emmanuel Jal. These people and their ideas mean a lot to me. They help to define me as a person and they give me a focus for my life and my ideas.

So I’m not on the Blogger’s Award  list this year…. well maybe next… but then again… does it really matter?



5 thoughts on “Who I write for..

  1. Malcolm,
    For what it’s worth, I read your blog quite regularly because your posts make me think about my practices and my philosophy.

    For that, I offer you my non-existent trophy as an edu-blogger, along with my very real gratitude for your contributions to my teaching-learning.

    Steve Kabachia

    1. Hi Steve,

      Thank you for your very kind comments. It is feedback such as yours that encourages a person to continue. I am really pleased that you read my blog regularly and that you feel that my entries contributes to your professional knowledge and outlook. Many thanks.

  2. Amen. I didn’t get nominated either – it’s not important… as I tell myself as I await my sprouts each morning, ‘it’s about the children’ and that extends to my writing. 🙂

  3. Malcolm,

    You’ve put together an delightful blog with insights that obviously originate from a place of great feeling and passion. I’ve often felt that at the core of blogging is having a platform for sorting, refining, capturing and publishing our ideas regardless of the size of our readership. This very act tends to promote further reflection and creative inspiration.

    I wished to thank you as well for your post on Lost in Learning. I’m glad you enjoyed the talk and project. Your vote of confidence on TED means a lot and if you feel so inclined as to submit a nomination for the 2011 Rediscovery of Wonder Conference it would mean a great deal(http://www.ted.com/nominate/speaker).

    Keep up the great work!


    1. Hi Eva,

      Thank you for your kind remarks about my blog. I enjoy what I do greatly and it does inspire me. More importantly, as the blog title says, I am a lifelong learner and I learn so much from people such as yourself with something powerful to say.

      I have nominated you for next year’s TED Conference. Good luck with this… if you do get selected then I look forward to seeing your talk on the net and feel sure that many many others will too. Keep up your wonderful work.

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