Today I have watched over 400 children in my school blog their hearts out, a first foray into this wonderful web tool for our school. I have read many posts since I got home and commented on blogs, still not having posted my own contribution to this global blog.
To be honest I have been thoroughly enjoying reading and commenting of everyone else’s contributions. I have found the variety of posts astonishing and and in awe of how truly global this activity can be.
I posted my first comment about 11.45pm last night. I was watching the blog and couldn’t help myself . So many thoughts and responses bubbled into my head. I commented on someone from Australia, from New Zealand, from South Africa and from Belgium, all before midnight.
The blogger in Belgium had posted in his native tongue. I really wanted to know what he had said so I copied and pasted his post into Babelfish . All became clear (Hitchhikers Guide to the galaxy came to mind) I formed an answer then retranslated in back into…Dutch! I do hope the gentleman could get the gist of my reply. I felt proud that I could do that.
So if you are not sure whether you can be bothered to comment on someone’s blog after reading it, I say DO IT! It feels so good and having had my first comments last week on a 100 word challenge for grown ups that I posted (my first attempt at blogging proper) I was thrilled and bowled over that someone had been kind enough to leave me a few words of encouragement.
It brings context to blogging .
Now think how that can help children with their writing.