Oasis in the desert of busyness

I quite like this version of what blogging is about and for:

When a learner sits down and blogs, she/he is engaging in a reflective process. Nebulous thoughts and feelings are put to words. External ideas are scrutinized. The natural capacity of harmonizing our emotions and thoughts with ideas and concepts is evoked. A small cognitive and emotional oasis in the desert of busynes[s]. And, I imagine more learning occurs in only a few minutes here than hours any where else…
(from Siemens’ Connectivism Blog, a real treasure)

…and I’m thinking that this is another facet of Gardner Campbell’s notion of “real school”, and that Rudy Rucker’s wetware fits in too. Obviously.