The members of facebook group cck11 wrote unexpected answers to this request on FB. The answers made me think about the function of a weblog. Has connectivism a view on the function of a blog? The main principle of connectivism is the contact in a network. A blog can be a way to maintain contacts in the network.
Connectivism stressess the use of connections, connections are essential to learning.
Keeping a diary to write your thoughts is a means of structuring and revising your thoughts without interference of other people. No one will read the diary, and no one will see mistakes and wrong ideas. Publishing your diary on the internet is different, on internet everybody can read your thoughts. Publishing a blogpost just in order to write down your thoughts is a strange way of publishing. Publishing always presupposes a public. And public is not only a listening ear. Public will write, think and comment. Why publish and not expect an answer?
An answer of a member of FB to my request is: “I see blogs as an odd form of communication. Declaritive responsive Rather Than responsive They Seem out of place in a participative class.” Using a blog as if no one reads it is a pity. The blog is a possibility to link and to make connections. Declarative communication is is not connective communication.
A discussion on the content of a blogpost could enhance the results of publishing the post. Publishing your thoughts and receiving comments on it could be a learning moment.
Just using the blog as a newsletter is OK, but when you make a comment in a blog, or write to the editor of a newspaper, make a better connections to the network by adding an address, a URL . Better connections gives better learning.