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Next entry: Talking education with Patrick Crozier
Wednesday November 21 2007

There are two ways to get a specialist blog cranked up: the proper way, and this way.

The proper way is already to be an expert on the subject, or failing that to have already boned up ferociously on it, and then to let rip, preferably with an eye-catching manifesto or list of principles that gets lots of admiring attention.

And then there is this way, which is just to start it up.  For some bloggers, they know and so they blog.  For me, I blog, and thus I learn.  Blogging is for me a huge educational tool.  To learn what I need to learn about education, to the point where I might eventually start to have detectable impact, I need to start blogging anyway.

Or rather: blogging again.  Because I have been here before, with an education blog called, simply, Brian’s Education Blog, which crashed and burned nearly three years ago.  (There are navigable ruins of that, but I’ll discuss them later, probably.) I took that disaster to mean that The Universe wanted me to take a break from education blogging and just to follow my whims for a while, so I did, during which episode I wondered whether education blogging was something I really wanted to do with even a regular slice of the rest of my life.

I realised that it was.  I liked that first stint of education blogging, for all sorts of reasons.  Of all the things I might now be doing, education blogging is probably now one of the best uses of what talents I possess.

There is much more that I could say now, all manner of tangents I could fly off at, but I have already learned that whereas it is sometimes a fine thing to say nineteen things in one blog posting, nearer to one per posting is usually the best rule to follow.