Recently, I wrote and shared a post about wanting to join with other educators to bounce around and grow ideas. I started my blog two years ago, after my mentor and friend gave me a few (not so gentle) nudges to share what was happening in my classroom and my head.
I had been working with a couple of people who felt that blogging and Tweeting were a way of people “blowing their own horn” and I was really reluctant to be viewed in this way. So I began a little journey – following people on Twitter, reading blog posts and talking a great deal about what I was learning from doing this.
“What are we consuming; what are creating online?”my mentor and friend asked in one of her workshops. “What if we only consume?”
My questions stemmed from there …
- What if I create something that people don’t agree with?
- What if I say something that upsets someone?
- What if people have different opinions?
- What if no one really cares about what I have to say?
- What if I have nothing to say?
I am struck by how many other people share my thoughts, especially numbers 4 and 5.
I put the questions aside, thinking “SO WHAT?”. I decided to start blogging because it was a way of documenting things; a way of recording ideas; asking questions; generating conversation and most of all, for me, reflecting.
I am fortunate that I have made connections with many new people. I learn from and consume what they say. I am on this journey now with creators from different parts of the world. People with differing ideas, different jobs and differnt styles. How much there is to consume – and to be inspired by to create more of our own! There is so much to gain by sharing what we are doing and thinking – and someone (or many) will connect to, question and learn from our journey.
Here are some of the blogs I am following and being inspired by:
|Step-Up in the World of Tech|
|Honors Grad U|