I have been thinking about my lack of blogging quite a bit in recent times. I have an idea but for one reason or another I can’t get it down. Either I’m teaching or away from the computer, then by the time I can write the inspiration is gone. In my own mind I have written a blog post every week. In reality I have only written 12 posts.
I know the importance of this process of reflection but unfortunately too often my life gets in the way. Earlier in the year I made a plan but this has not been as successful as I had hoped so now for a slightly new plan. And just as I suspected back then that my greatest challenges are with time management and how to get the posts written. I believe this is the same feeling students have when they are presented with an assignment and struggle for motivation and ideas. To make the team more manageable we tell students to break it down into small parts and tackle one part at a time. So this is what I’m going to do…
I read blogs that are written by highly respected educators such as George Couros, Alec Couros, Free tech for teachers & Jarrod Lamshed to name a few. More notably, I also have a personal connection with most of these bloggers and I believe what they say is extremely valuable, but I also recognize that I need to look further than my small circle and branch out to read more widely.
So over the next month (keeping thing small and manageable to stay with) I plan to seek and read regular posts from a wide variety of educators and bloggers in the hope that I can build some momentum to improve and increase my own bogging. In my regular practices I also listen to a number of podcasts reeled to education, this may also become another avenue for me to engage professionally for ideas and ways to present my blog.
I will reflect on my own experiences and make connections. This with specify allocated, uninterrupted time to write. I should be on track to make bogging a regular habit rather than random and intermittent.
I also hope this will initiate more conversation with me and my readers whom I feel I let down by not producing regular posts…and yes I know I have visitors almost daily thanks to the dashboard stats… 🙂
I do believe my voice is as important as any educator who shares with us their experiences I just need to share more of mine. I have plenty but I don’t want my blog to become an outlet of frustrations about other teachers who refuse to engage with technology or negativity towards students using social networks and it’s “associated risks”. Because I have plenty of these experiences.
Do you have any suggestions on blogs I should read? Either education, technology relates or just well written blogs to get me motivated and moving.