My post for the Teacher Challenge Activity #8.
A paradox of my blogging experience is to dismiss the importance of readership to fully appreciate it.
Before I started blogging I thought that there was no point in me writing anything as, most likely, none of it would be original. Quite likely, someone else has said it before and more eloquently. The latter is certainly true and yet I have leapt into blogosphere.
Before starting with blogging, I asked myself, “If I can’t write for others, do I have enough reasons to write for me?” Here were my original reasons:
- I needed somewhere to store and categorise my resources for ease of access from home and work. This includes my blogrolls, by the way.
- I needed a way to expound micro-blogging(Twitter); some thoughts are too complex to be limited in 140 characters or a series thereof (especially for a non-wordsmith like me)
- I needed a way to document my reflections on my practice; I’ve always been a reflective person with multiple failed attempts at written journals
These were and are selfish reasons – forget the readers, do it for me – but sufficient to get me started with blogging. They served me well as I’m still here, more than a year later. These reasons are still true and I do have meagre readership for which I’m very grateful as I am definitely not one to ask about how to promote readership (never really been good at selling my skills). Nevertheless, my readers have given me more reasons to keep blogging:
- I can crowd-source my learning. Coupled with Twitter, this is just so powerful
- It’s an avenue for conversations otherwise unlikely to happen. Kathleen Cushman of firesinthemind.org (please go there) once wrote to me “thank you for making your good thinking public”. Certainly, ego-boosting but mostly humbling because of the many who blog (and micro-blog) as a way of making their thinking accessible to a wider audience.
- Even though many are steps (strides) ahead of me, many more are behind me or, better yet with me. I certainly find affirming that there are others who share my journey.
- It helps me voice my support for ideas such as computerbasedmath.org as well as people, e..g my posts or in blogrolls
- It has become a point of reference for me as a teacher and as an IT integrator
In short, blogging allows me to further my learning in the company of fellow learners – my PLN.
Truth be told, I have felt like Julie Powell (of Julie and Julia fame) as in feeling obliged to write something interesting for readers and I get a little nervous. Then I go back to the first 3 and then the following 5. Signing up to do the Teacher Challenge – Kickstart your blog 2011 has not only allowed me to learn new things about blogging, it has helped me appreciate all the reasons I’ve listed above.
Here I am, undoubtedly flawed but always true to my passion for learning and finding ways to keep doing so for myself and my readers. Because, dear reader, you are now acknowledged as a travel companion. You are important to me because you are now part of my story. Let us enjoy the journey.