It has been more than half year since I started use blog to share the my understandings
of the articles I read, the events I participated and the experienced I had about urban design. Firstly, I terms of time management of uploading blog, I performed a bad time management. Theses blogs are not regularly uploaded however instead, they are generally uploaded at the last minute. As I mentioned in my last summary, I was personally not tend to chose blog as an approach to represent and summaries my understandings and experiences about urban design. However, such feeling is charging or has been changed since I received some comments below he blog I have uploaded, which is also the first advantage I would like to raise about using blog.
Blog is a place where participants communicate with each other by leaving comments and replying comments. Such form is neither as formal as debate nor as informal as chat. Leave comments and reply comments is firstly a respect to the author. Meanwhile, communicate by such means could record the details literally, which could help to better understand what does the reader mean and could help for future sues. It could be seen a way to record what we thought on one argument at that time. Besides, these positive communications could also bounds our urban design group together as such approach encourages more communication among the groups.
The second main advantage I would like to say is sharing. Including communication, sharing blogs with other is not only the way that the author knows how others think about the same thing, but also a way to touch with a wider knowledge. We urban design students are usually from different background such as planning, architecture, and landscape. We from different knowledge background nevertheless a design project always require a teamwork of all these backgrounds. Therefore, knowing how people from different but relevant background, understanding the way they think, the experiences they have, and the projects they praise is a way of learning itself. The combination of communication and sharing could help us to build up a knowledge pool and benefits for our further developments.
Blogging, thirdly, itself is a way of encouraging use social media. I am from planning background, the use of using social media is always the means we used to communicate with stakeholders, and to deliver our thoughts to them. In the case of myself, blogging could force myself try all the ways to communicate with others, which could also be seen as a practice of how to better communicate with stakeholders and how to better understand them.
At last, as this reflection itself, blogging is an approach to reflect ourselves. For example, we will always have a first impression and basic design concept when we start to do a project, however, such impressions and concept might be changed a lot of times as we understand the area better and deeper. Blogging is a similar way of reflecting and improving our thoughts on one specific thing as it literal records all the footprints I had upon a same thing.
There is one more semester to go, and I believe I will better use blog as a way of study. Although we do not have submit blog as our assignment, nevertheless, as I mentioned before, all the blogs and comments we wrote will be our knowledge pool.