I created my blog in 2015 after attending FlipCon and presenting. I was keen to share what I was doing in my flipped classroom with others so that they would be able to learn from me.
I wrote one blog and then couldn’t find the motivation to continue writing each week. Last year I restarted with the best intentions of blogging once a week with the intention of sharing my tech insights. For whatever reason I still found it hard to make sure I got to a blog each week and instead would maybe write once a month.
Blogging is lonely. If you are like me you think that you will find a heap of people that are interested in what you have to say and comment so that you can comment and a conversation starts. It is not like that. Most weeks less than 20 people view each of my blog articles. I think this lack of interaction was one of the reasons that I initially found it so hard to commit to writing a blog.
This year I decided I really wanted to give it a crack. I have a lot to share that people don’t know or have forgotten and I like to share. I talked to a friend of mine that runs a successful blogging business and she suggested making a companion facebook page.
Having this page has helped to keep me accountable and has many friends, family and colleagues that follow my work. My sister also advised that my pictures are too boring after seeing them in the facebook feed. Feedback is still feedback positive or negative.
Anyway, back to why I actually choose to blog. I blog because it is therapeutic. I am not a person that writes in a diary each day so blogging has become my personal reflection for me of what I do. Remember when you were studying to be a teacher and you had to write all those reflections? I finally understand their purpose, not only do we learn valuable lessons from them but they also cleanse us of the bad days and allow us to celebrate the great days.
Blogging has helped me this year to maintain my motivation, refresh and refocus and fill my bucket. I have always enjoyed writing and the idea that what I write to help me reflect and focus can help others to do the same and improve their practice or their everyday balance.
The last few weeks I have reiterated how important it is to find something to focus in on for yourself. Blogging is one of my outlets as weird as that might sound.
To help me maintain the consistency of my blog this year (Week 11 going strong) I created two categories a week which helps me find things to write about. Teach Tip Tuesday inspired by Tech Tip Tuesday @Joelsperanza and Free blogging Thursday. Having categories and assigned days has really worked for me.
Next week we celebrate 12 Weeks of blogs. Maybe we can reach 100 Facebook likes and 250 followers. We shall see!!
Do you blog? Is it a secret? Share in the comments below or post on our facebook page.
Congrats! Blogging is definitely lonely and sometimes thankless and seemingly pointless. It is definitely worthwhile though, reflecting on practice is awesome and blogging can be a great way of keeping yourself accountable.
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Thanks Brendan, I think it would be worse without twitter and Facebook.