Many of my friends, colleagues and even my sister (an educator) have asked this question. I have tried to explain to them the reasons I chose to start blogging, but I don’t think I sat back and took the time to fully think about why I continue to blog and what keeps me motivated.
I originally began blogging after it was suggested by a trusted colleague and administrator that it would be a great way, not only to share ones ideas, experiences and reflections, but that I could also use my Blog as an E-portfolio. So after some, actually a lot of assistance my blog came to life. The initial setup was really simple and so were the first categories that I completed, but most of my work was towards my E-folio. It was at this point that the same colleague suggested that, I take the time to write a blog post. So I asked what am I supposed to write about, I had never written something that would be available to the entire world and was feeling a little intimidated. He said write something you know about.
So I started to write my first post, but lets just say that it was a little too wordy and too specifically oriented, but none the less it was out there. Some what excited, yet also apprehensive I checked on my post daily to see whether someone had read it and to see if any one had commented on it. Regretfully, not one comment. So I returned to my Social Media mentor and asked “what am I doing wrong?”. He gave me some advice, and suggestions, but the most important one was keep at it and don’t give up.
Without going into too much detail I will say that it wasn’t until my third or fourth post that I received my first comment. I was, to say the least, elated and immediately replied to the comment. Instantly I was hooked, but then I experienced the worst thing a rookie blogger could. . . writers block. To me it seemed that everyone was blogging about things that they were well versed in, but what I was well versed in didn’t seem to interest others, at least I thought.
It wasn’t till I read a Post by Michelle Baldwin that I remembered what my mentor had said, and I changed my writing style and what I write about. Which if you have read any of my posts are about relationships, assessment, special education, building partnerships and responding to a larger social context.
So why do I Blog:
To share my experiences and reflections
To share what occurs in my class
To reveal my passion for education and my understanding of education.
To provide some insight and ideas when it comes to Special Education.
Finally to ask questions.
Although I may not be as famous or well known as a blogger, as are some of the individuals that I have on my blog roller or Google reader. I have had some great comments and feed back in relation to my posts. I strongly believe that reflection, criticism (constructive) and feed back are essential elements not only in my blogging, but also in my teaching. Is that not what we as teachers are SUPPOSED to be doing, to make what and how we teach more effective.
The comments have also allowed me to improve my writing, while more importantly increasing my professional network, which has even resulted in a collaborative post, with Kelly Power, another amazing adventure and experience.
I will continue to blog, as I believe that it allows me to improve my teaching, because blogging allows me to reflect on my teaching. Although I still get very excited, when I see how many visitors have viewed a post or when I am responding to comments about my post, I am not deterred if there are not as many as I expected. To quote an amazing educator that I have recently connected with “It doesn’t matter if I have 2 readers or 2000” as long as I am reflecting and sharing, I am improving as an educator.
That Is why I Blog