My Blogging Story
I became a blogger years and years ago. I didn’t really realize that was what I was doing at the time because I had never heard of a blog before!
Nine or ten years ago I had the harebrained idea that some of my teacher friends and I should write collaborative journals. We each bought a journal and began writing about our teaching practices, strategies, and experiences. After a week, I collected the journals and redistributed them. Marcy got Angela’s. Angela got Nancy’s. Nancy got Leslie’s. Leslie got mine and I got Marcy’s. We wrote for a week and rotated them again. It was a wonderful learning experience for all of us. I feel like I grew as a writer and I know I grew as a teacher because I learned what these other teachers were doing in their classrooms and tried applying some of those ideas in mine.
Then, in 2011 I started a personal blog and went public with many of my experiences. About the only people who follow it and really read it are my family members but it is a way to preserve memories and experiences and a way to share them with other members of my family.
Even now I encourage teachers – especially English and reading teachers – to blog and to have their students blog. I can think of no better way of encouraging writing and no better way to develop writers than to have them write. Just like a ball player needs to practice in order to improve his or her sport, if we want to improve as writers, we need to write repeatedly and write often. What better way to practice that craft than to write a blog post?