Blogging with a plan

I’ve struggled with the fact that I just can’t get into blogging. It seems like the right thing to do. Most everyone in the Ed Tech Community blogs on a frequent basis. So what’s my problem? I completely subscribe to the PLN idea; I can’t imagine this past year without my ‘network’ and throughout my 20+ years in education I have tried to practice professional generosity. I read lots of blogs and have learned much from them. Yet I’ve completed 2 posts in 2 years.

I figured out why I don’t blog. Fear. Not fear of writing something that wouldn’t be worth reading. Not fear of no one reading it. Fear that someone would read it. What I mean is, say I complain (or even describe) a situation at work, what if the person I wrote about reads it? I guess I’m not really feeling confident in being able to consistently write wonderfully profound posts about technology in education. What I would write about would be my experiences, both good and bad. I’m worried that people would feel violated for ‘airing my dirty laundry’ if they were part of the laundry. Sure positive ones are fine to post, but sometimes it the adversity that make us reflective (aka more interesting to read, I think) Who only wants to read, or write, about all their successes? That gets a little boring.

So I decided to make an effort to blog regularly (once a week?) and model my posts after blogs like Larry Ferlazzo and iLearn Technology. I plan to write about a web site, gadget, piece of software, etc that I think others should know about. It might be a something new, it might be something more ‘tried and true’, but it will be something of worth to the K-8 teacher or student.

By putting this kind of structure on my posts and having a plan for what I write, I hope that at some point I will feel freer to write about my experiences. If you’d like to learn about some great ed tech tools and how to use them with students, then please add me to your Reader. Please grant me a little catharsis from time to time, too.

Thanks for reading.

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2 Responses

  1. I have that same fear! I’m very careful not to complain about school issues even though I don’t think anyone from school has ever read my blog despite being open about it and sharing the address with everyone. The one place I do allow myself to vent a little is on Plurk. There I have my settings set so only friends and their friends can see what I write so I do feel safe there. I enjoy both Larry Ferlazzo’s site and I Learn Technology. They are both a great way to learn about new sites and how to use them in the classroom. I’ll be back to see what you have to share.

  2. I have recently gotten over the blogging hurdle (johnfaig.blogspot.com). I now view it as a requirement to reflect on cool websites and conferences. No blog = no lesson plan. I passed this along this post to a few other teachers as inspiration.

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