I started my class blog in 2010 and have been personally blogging since 2012, so I’m not new to blogging, but I still struggle. When sharing my bio with others, I always laugh at the last line – “You can read her sporadic thoughts at Teach.Tech.Love (www.mrsjeff2u.com).” Key word in the cheeky sentence – sporadic. And truthfully the reason the blog is sporadic has been for a variety of reasons.
- Time. Isn’t that a struggle for most of us? I’m a wife, mother, daughter, educator, community service organization leader and time does not come freely. In the past, I’ve thought of all the ways I could be a consistent blogger, but when times get tight – this is the first to go.
- Purpose. When I first started this blog I was still in the classroom and I blogged about work that my students were doing, ideas I had (or wanted) to try, my successes and failures as an educator. As I transitioned to an instructional technology coordinator, I struggled with exactly what and how to share. This role was so different – I have not problem sharing my deficits, but in this case the deficits wouldn’t just reflect on me but on my school district.
- A Whole New World. As I began to work more in this EdTech world, my eyes were opened to the gross disparities that were happening to students and adults with regards to equity. I struggled with sharing those experience in a space where I also wanted to share tips, tricks, and resources.
To be perfectly honest, I still haven’t fully conquered these obstacles, but when I saw the email for Edublog’s 10 Week “Better Blogging” Course – I decided to jump right on it! In addition, I thought it’d be great for my teachers to encourage them to begin blogging with their students. I found so much success in creating digital spaces for my students! They become better writers and it made them extremely proud to receive comments on their posts from friends, family, other students, and even our administration.
In the first task for this course, we were encouraged to set goals for January, the 10 week course, and throughout 2018.
January Goals – To begin to become more consistent with blogging. I’m hoping to release one post a week sharing my progress through this course.
Coure Goals – Complete it….ha ha! But also be a resource and support system for others while growing my PLN.
2018 Goals – Put myself on track to have a clear vision of my sharing of the work I do my personal thoughts on technology and education. Should I use this space only for content and maybe use Medium as my a space for my personal thoughts? Sometimes those things overlap so how do I choose?
I’m extremely excited about this opportunity and am looking forward to growing as a blogger – one who shares more frequently. I’d love to hear your feedback as well!
Until the next time,