Image: 'Virtuality in the Clouds'
As the Kick Start Your Blog Teacher Challenge wraps up, I am sad to see the challenges end but excited about what I have learned and how my blog will continue to grow and be improved based on what I have learned.
Blogging has opened up a whole new world. I have been introduced to fabulous bloggers who have interesting and relevant things to share. Here is a list of some of the reflections on the challenges that have really spoken to me about making connections:
- Kevin's Meandering Mind "Dear Reader, We Write the Book of our Times"
- Writing a poem to your readers is a very unique way to connect, especially with the author reading the poem to you. I love Kevin's concept of "writing the book of our times" together through reading each others blogs and commenting to add to the story. Without the reader and the reader making a connection through commenting, the story is incomplete.
- Russell's Classroom Blog Board "My blog - teaching tool or voice to the world?"
- Russell questioned what the purpose of his blog was to be in the future after participating in the Teacher Challenge and if there was a reason to build an audience. Then he shared what he learned and how he connected to a wider world: role models provided by other bloggers, positive feedback gained in comments, and the countless things he learned from other bloggers. Without that connection, where would his blog have been? I truly believe that a blog grows because of the feedback given by its readers. I hope my readers continue to provide that vital service.
- Britt Gow's Technoscience "Building your Personal Learning Network, not just your readership"
- Britt's post made me think about what I wanted from my blog in regards to PLN. I believe that by building a readership, I build my PLN. My readers are the perfect people to network with and learn from. They provide a different viewpoint, another way to use what I am writing about, and stories about how it did or didn't work in their classrooms/schools/lives. Without my readers, I wouldn't grow personally or professionally.
Not only have I met new people, I have learned more than I could have dreamed. As a beginning blogger, I knew virtually nothing about the ins and outs of blogging. My blog was just a place to put resources but now it is growing into a place to share and reflect on how I (or the teachers I work with) use those resources. I wish that I could share what I have learned from this challenge as well as the following bloggers did:
- Nancy Carroll's PhotoPeach Slideshow "30 Day Teacher Blog Challenge"
- Shawn Urban's Digital Substitute "Design of my Blog"