A few weeks ago I blogged about Zaid's list of the top Edubloggers and Janet Clarey's observation that out of 25 bloggers, there were only 3 women on Zaid's list.
Not one to forego a learning experience, Zaid immediately took our discussion as an opportunity to expand his own learning and set off on a search for women edubloggers. The result is in his slideshow. You can also read more about his thinking and process here on his blog.
I want to underscore how this experience is another example of learning through blogging.
Zaid posted his first list as a way to share with others some of his favorite blogs. Janet picked up on it and blogged about her observation that there were only three women, which led to a lively exchange in the comments of Janet's post between Janet, Zaid and other bloggers.
I picked up with my own post, as did Cammy Bean. Additional conversations ensued through the comments sections here and at Cammy's place.
As a result of all of this, Zaid decided to go back and look specifically for women bloggers he could further explore, thus coming up with a whole new set of voices he hadn't experienced before and then sharing the results of his learning again.
This to me is the essence of the learning/blogging/commenting process. Through these various exchanges, we all learned and thought more about the issues of gender and blogging and it happened across multiple blogs and in multiple formats. Thanks to Zaid's willingness to create his list of 27 Women Edubloggers, we also had an opportunity to find new people to add to our own feed readers.
This learning loop wouldn't have occurred, though, if Zaid had not been open to the learning process. He could have chosen to see the discussion as an attack and then become defensive and closed to alternative options. Instead, he showed the courage of the true learner and used our observations as a springboard to expanding his own thinking--and ours as well.
Hat's off to Zaid on this one!