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Time is a very important commodity, and there is never enough of it in the day. I could use more time at school visiting classrooms, talking with students, working with teachers, and meeting with parents. I could use more time at home, too. I would like more time to play with my kids, fix and clean up around the house, and of course, I would like more quiet time with my wife.

As the end of 2008 was approaching, I began to reflect on my reasons for spending time blogging. This reflection started as a result of my launching a new personal blog and ending my "relationship" with my first blog which was owned by my school district. On this new blog I will continue to write about education related issues, and I will continue to offer my opinions about teaching, learning, and school. But now I feel as if I have a little more freedom to write about family, sports, entertainment, and other interests.

Well, all of this reflecting led me to wondering if anyone really cares about my opinions on education, my interests, or my family. This begs the the question "what is the purpose of blogging?" Is it to write what you want to write or to write what people want to read? In other words, do we blog for ourselves or for others?

I am not the only blogger asking these kinds of questions. Frank Buck (on Dec. 29) and Melinda Miller have expressed similar thoughts in recent posts. Will Richardson has recently written about blogging as well. Will is blogging a lot less than he used to, and he is expecting that the "trend line for my blogging may continue downward in 2009, perhaps not as steeply, but downward nonetheless."

This led me to wonder if blogging is falling out of favor in the blogosphere. Maybe the "golden age" of blogging has come and gone. Twitter seems to be all the rage these days. It sure takes less time and effort to tweet than to post. So, with the new year upon us, how do you feel about blogging? Are you still planning to post on your blogs in 2009 as you have done in the past?

Dave Sherman

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I think blogging will continue to be an important thing for me. Writing has always helped me make sense of things and to think through things--especially in my teaching. I am enjoying twitter but as a children's lit person, the reviews on several blogs I follow, are the best way I've found to keep up with new books. And I blogging is more of an indepth conversation to me than twitter is. So, I think I'll continue both for different purposes.

My first reaction to this was that, as is typical for me, I seem to be just getting into blogging as the rest of the world is moving on to something else.

But I don't think blogs are going away any time soon. While Twitter has its uses, there are significant reasons why I think blogs still serve a useful purpose. For one thing, when I blog, I put more thought and planning into what I write. Blogs are also more permanent.

You ask why we blog. I blog for several reasons, both for myself and for others. While it is important to me that other people see and respond to my blog, it isn't the only reason I write.

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