After more than three years, I decided to give my blog another go. Initially, I was inspired to create a blog after watching the movie “Julie and Julia” (2009). The main character, Julie Powell, found a way to combine two of her passions, writing and food, by creating a blog. In doing this, her life was transformed. So I thought, “hey, I can do that.” And in 2010, I did a bit of online research on jump starting a blog and brainstormed some ideas.
On 29 January 2010, I published my first post. What followed were 9 others posts that got very moderate traction on the blogsphere, as well as some interesting comments, a couple of which I suspect came from disgruntled students. I suppose I could focus on why I abandoned my blog, but I feel that would require me to live in the past. Who wants to do that? Instead, let’s focus on the present.
So, why I am restarting this blog after a three-year hiatus. For one thing, I aspire to be a great teacher. This aspiration was solidified after attending the 2015 ISTE Conference in Philadelphia. After returning from the conference, I started checking out blog posts that seem to insist that teachers should blog, like Steve Wheeler and Ray Salazar. I’m sure there are more blogging evangelists out there, but these are the two who have inspired me the most thus far.
Another reason for restarting this blog is that I have discovered a passion for education technology that was nurtured at ISTE 2015. I want to bring this passion into my school and help them develop a school-wide technology program. It seems that blogging is one of many tools used to connect with other educators who are doing the same thing.
So, here I am, putting myself out there, hoping to be an agent of change. I would love to hear from others that are on the same journey! Thanks for reading.