A focus in the physical education and sport pedagogyresearch group has been on getting our new doctoral students to use blogging asa reflective tool. The challenge for these novice researchers/bloggers is towrite exactly 200 words once a week on ‘something’ of significance to them. Partof this undertaking is to help them to actively (and publically) consider whatis going on around them. Another part is to take these commonplace or obscure ‘somethings’and articulate them in writing. The final part is to fit into the limitationsimposed by academic works.
With this in mind I decided to start, under the sameconstraints, to blog about how I blog. These words (or at least similar words)initially came from my pen and were written, unedited, straight on to today’spage of my reflective diary. In other words they were shot from the hip. Thesecond process was to transfer my paper and pen ‘blog’ to the computer. This transferwas critical and considered and led to the first edits and rewritings of mywords. The finals stage was to adjust the text to fit the 200 word target exactlywith no wasted words or overly cut corners.