I love the new possibilities that come with each new year. I have been blogging for several years now for a variety of purposes:
- to discover unexplored terrain- the world of blogging
- to share my adventure teaching and traveling in China with friends and family at home
- to explore my own ideas and thinking
- to develop my own writing skills by sharing with an audience
- to share food, wine and experiences I love
- to share subject specific information with literacy educators
- to provide content with students
- to encourage student writing and development of skills
- to develop reading -writing connections
- to share my ideas on a broad spectrum of educational issues
- to develop a sense of community with my readers
It was interesting when I first looked at the WordPress stats and realized that people beyond my friends, relatives and acquaintances were reading my professional blog. It was flattering but also gave me the sense that there were many like-minded people who I’d like to connect with. I just don’t quite know how to do that. My quest for 2016 is to figure that out.
I have a three pronged plan to develop a online community of people to challenge my thinking with divergent opinions, affirm my “ah ha” moments and shared realities, and provide information and thoughts on their own educational contexts.
- I signed up to be part of School Administrators Virtual Mentorship Program (#savmp) in fall
- I signed up for Blogging 101 offered by WordPress. Thanks for pushing the card on this post, Josh!
- I’m scheduling time to respond to other bloggers.
The focus of my professional blog has morphed from a singular focus on literacy development to encompass a broad spectrum of professional issues and concerns. I hope you’ll join me in my efforts to develop an online community of learners.