58 Days, 50 Comments

postit_commentsI finished my #nerdlution exactly 9 days ago. I loved doing it. It made me keep up on my blog feeds and search out new bloggers. I found some great ones that I’m following now.  Check out my Blogs I Follow page for an update.

Thank you to everyone who encouraged me and sent me their blogs to read. That was really fun.

People really like it when you comment on their blog. That was not a surprise to me. I love it when people comment on mine. And while there are those superstar educator bloggers who get tons on comments on every post, most of us write our thoughts and throw them out in to the cloud, hoping that someone, anyone, will read them.

The blogs I usually read are written by educators in formal leadership roles: principals, vice principals, and superintendents. I also regularly read teachers blogging about big ideas in education. I’ve never explored the huge number of blogs written by classroom teachers about their daily practice. These are some powerful posts! There are so many passionate teachers thinking deeply about what they do every day with students. I would encourage all classroom teachers to find some to follow. It will challenge and enhance your own thinking.

Even though there’s a lot of deep thinking out there among educators, there’s also quite a bit that’s derivative. Some days I had to sift through a number of blogs to find one that spoke in a new way to me. That’s the challenge as a blogger; we all experience similar things in education, but you have to find your authentic voice and bring forward your perspective. I find it hard when I blog too. I discard many ideas, because when I try to go deeper, I realize I have nothing new to say.

Some bloggers have turned comments off. I guess they’ve had a bad experience with trolls. I feel bad about that. I stand by my original post on commenting back at the beginning of 2013. Social media is about connecting with others, and comments add to those connections.

Confession time: I didn’t do 50 comments in 50 days. What with work, a cold, and a vacation, I managed 50 comments in 58 days. It was quite a challenge to track some of them down, since I wasn’t as diligent as I thought about tweeting out.  I give special thanks to a teacher in our district, Aviva Dunsiger, for helping me.

I’ve captured all my comments here.

#Nerdlution Comments

Commenting is Connecting

ETMOOC Post #1

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When I blog, I do it for me.  The act of writing provokes more focussed reflection. It takes my thoughts about a topic or issue and forces me to bring them to order.  Every time I blog, I learn about what is really important to me and how to communicate it.

I also have to admit, however, that it’s quite thrilling to have people comment on my blog posts. Not only does that mean that someone is actually reading my words, but they are interested enough to ask questions or continue the conversation. Often a comment will spark another thought or lead me to a deeper understanding of my own words. Sometimes a reader will even find something I didn’t intend, but upon reflection I realize that meaning was hidden in plain sight from me. Those epiphanies are a true gift.

I follow some amazing blogs which teach me and inspire me. I am amazed how insightful these writers are. I often find myself thinking about a post later as it builds new schema in my understanding.  Others’ words can have a profound effect, so why don’t I share?  I have commented on a few blogs, but usually I make some excuse to myself about not having time. That’s going to change!

After Orientation week at ETMOOC, one idea really took hold. By commenting on blog posts I read, I can connect with a much wider network of people.

That’s my ETMOOC resolution. Are you with me?

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