Sunday, 20 September 2009

Using blogging as a learning tool

When deciding what to write my next blog about, I often take a topic that I'm not very familiar with, but want to investigate and explore in more detail. This can be anything from a technology, to a debate, to a trending topic.

In order to write an article about these sorts of subjects, I am forced to undertake the necessary research to understand the topic in sufficient detail. This is a great way of really getting to understand a topic. Sometimes I may spend several days researching a topic before I feel confident enough to write about it.

When I want to understand a new or emerging technology, I will write a blog about it. So while I may not fully understand the subject matter when I begin, by the time I have investigated it, and wrote a blog about it, my understanding will have progressed enormously.

Writing about a subject, any subject, is a great way to learn about it and understand it, and is one of the key ways by which I develop my knowledge on a huge variety of subjects. I would recommend it to anyone who is keen to extend their knowledge, and has the motivation to do so.


  1. Well put.

    Writing - or at least, writing well - is so often a learning process. Not only can I really identify with what you've written here, it also makes me want to start work on my next post right now.

    Great stuff.

  2. Thanks.

    If you can write clearly and concisely on a subject, then that in itself demonstrates a level of understanding of the subject matter. It's a technique I employ regularly when getting to grips with a new topic.