Reflect, Don't Critique

Well, I think I might be ready to start my teacher blog!  If I share a draft with you, would you be brutally honest in it's critique?  ;)
Above, you see the request of a new teacher blogger. How would you reply?
Image Source: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/murderpamphlets/images/bludgeon.jpg

While some bludgeon others with their critical remarks in their blog, as a veteran blogger, I've come to a more mellow perspective. As a result, my response to queries like the one above take a different tack, as evidenced by my response below:
Blogs aren't to be critiqued, but rather, excerpted, reflected on through the filter of one's own experience, then written about...a learning conversation that blends experience, research when appropriate, and is inspired by others. 
So, rather than be brutally honest about critique, I'll be reflective about your inspiration.
Of course, if I search Around the Corner, I'm sure I'll find scathing critiques of ideas and policies, but seldom will that be about another blogger. The reason why is that the habit that has developed over time is to try to be reflective rather than invective.


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Comments

Blogging tools can be used for several reasons (some of which don't even fall under what most of us would call the act of "blogging". I have used blogging tools to write 'magazine" type pieces that take me a whole weekend to write. I have used them to post a quick resource. Who is to say what what is the 'correct' use of the tool. While recently completing the 30 day blogging challenge (which I did in 38 days) my purpose was to spend 30 day reflecting and writing. That was a short term goal conditioning session and the outcomes and the practice were not what I would expect as outcomes . How does one critique another's blog. Unless of course the author said.. my intentions was the following ...... can you give me feedback about how whether I'm meeting that goal ... (not to much different than a writers conference, eh) ;-)
Edna Montgomery said…
Hello, my name is Edna Montgomery. I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. When I read blogs, something about its message attracts me. Critique is not on my mind. Others sharing their thoughts can be very helpful. Here is a link to my Twitter address. @EdnaMontgomery

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