One of my goals in this blog is to stimulate conversations among the people I work with here in Turkey and to encourage them to test the waters of Web 2.0. However, I find that often this blog reaches an audience quite different from the one I intended.
There's nothing wrong with that, it's just an interesting twist in the blogging experience, since I'm always telling students that the best writing is supposed to be targeted toward a specific audience.
A few weeks ago I gave presentations to our International Baccalaureate students about the extended essay requirement for the IB Diploma. In order to help them pay attention to me instead of their notebooks, I prepared my notes ahead of time and put them in a wiki, along with several other resources.
The funny thing is that now nearly half of the visitors to the wiki are from outside Turkey ('FI'=Finland??). I guess those unexpected guests found me somehow on their quest to answer questions about the extended essay, and then moved on. That has made me appreciate comments on my blog even more, and makes me resolve to be a better commenter.
Sometimes writing a blog is like timidly starting a conversation with a stranger in a crowded room, and finding out out your paths have crossed many times. At other times, it can make you feel like someone passing out handbills in Kızılay (or Times Square). But never mind that. Just keep casting your nets and sharing what you've got, because you'll never know what will come back.