— penny kittle (@pennykittle) December 6, 2013
This is the reason why I blog.
Penny’s reply hooked me and, after this moment, I knew I would continue to blog.
When I First Started Blogging…
I tried writing really long paragraphs. I didn’t use pictures. It was terrible. Ain’t nobody gunna read that.
I was confused. It was weird. I didn’t enjoy it. I didn’t “get” it.
Gradually, things fell into place: I added pictures, shortened paragraphs, tagged posts, added widgets, and I tweeted my blog links.
Blogging is my space to think, write, and reflect. It’s my chance to publicize my work.
To generate ideas for my blogs, I simply reflect on my experiences and thoughts. Then I just write. I write what I want to write. I write what my readers want to read.
There are ideas for writing all around us. We just have to become aware of them. I think in blogs (new bloggers will soon understand this occurrence).
Because I Blog…
Writing for pleasure keeps me going through a semester loaded with an abundance of reading and writing.
- I have a voice.
I’m taking an active role in society and in the lives of real students. I am an advocate for real education and blogging gives me the opportunity to write what’s right. I love taking part of big teaching communities and their weekly blog challenges.
- I am connected.
Part of education advocacy is the exchange of ideas. Communicating what real education is with real educators.
- I am a writer.
I am a learner. I am a cat-lover. I am a blogger.
What Keeps Me Blogging
It’s not required that I write “two blogs every week” anymore. Yet, I’m blogging more now than I ever did when it was required. Here’s why:
- My Personal Learning Network (PLN)
I want to take that active role in real education and I can’t do that by just reading other’s thoughts. I’m learning new methods, new teaching tactics, and new topics in education without even having a classroom! I’m learning what works and what doesn’t work from the BEST teachers.
- My Audience
My parents want to know what I’ve been doing; this is why I blog. Just joking…that’s only part of it. I have people who want to hear what I have to say. And that’s an incredible feeling I wouldn’t want to trade anything for.
- My Stats
I’m really obsessive about my blog stats. It’s become a super fun game for me: How can I get more hits today than I did yesterday? It’s one of the coolest feelings to see your hits and subscribers climb. It’s also neat to see where I was one year ago and where I am now with my stats.
- My Escape
I love sitting down and just BEING ME. I get to write what I want to write. I can say what I want to say. After all, this is ‘merica!