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One year ago, on October 22, 2013,
I began this blog.
I began this blog.
I started blogging for myself as a reflective process...and I don't think it's an overstatement to say it's changed my life.
I'd been blogging on and off since 2007 without much success. After a couple of false starts, I decided blog with my students. I enjoyed it and stuck with it. Why did it work this time? There was a reason for writing and a built-in audience...my students.
I have discovered that while an audience is not necessary, having readers and getting feedback, via comments, motivates me. My students and I still blog together at Crayons and Pencils. They now have their own blogs. I've become a better teacher of bloggers because I'm a blogger myself.
It wasn't until my students and I participated in the Slice of Life Challenge the year before last that I once again considered authoring my own blog...for me. When I saw the amazing community of bloggers and I wanted to be a part of that! Learning from these smart & thoughtful teachers became a reason for me to blog. I wanted to connect with these teacher-bloggers and participate in reflective conversations about being a teacher. Still, I wondered...what do I have to add? What can I say that will matter? With much trepidation, I decided to try it and see what happens.
I took the leap last year. You can read my first slice here. I haven't looked back since! Posting regularly here and on Thursdays over here and on Saturdays here and on Sundays here. I've made friends...real friends...over the web. I've learned so much about teaching!
Personally, I love the growth I see in myself. Writing untangles the problems in my life and through blogging, I've been able to do that. The support from the comments and those that read... mean so much.
Today I congratulate myself on 200 posts!
And I THANK YOU for reading & commenting! It has made all the difference...