Friday, February 11

One year later... What I learned from blogging

I was greeted this morning by a Google reminder that said it was one year ago that I started blogging. It is amazing how quickly a year can pass. More importantly, I'm in awe of how much I learned in one year.

I re-read my very first blog and I remember the enthusiasm and nervousness I felt the first time I hit the "Publish Post" button. One year later, I still get excited to hit that button. The moment is filled with: Will people understand? Will it be worthwhile? Am I making a difference? Did I spell check enough?

Admittedly, many of my first blogs were cringe worthy. Some of them reminded me of bad fashion choices in the eighties... You know that feeling you get when you look back at old photographs and say, "What was I thinking?" I tried a little too hard to be amusing and I hadn't really found my voice. As I tell my students, writing is a process that develops over time. Be real! Let your writing show who you are! I didn't always do this.

Some of my blogs were popular and the comments and re-tweets generated an addictive adrenalin rush. I couldn't believe the time people spent writing comments. It became a priority to me that I return the favor. I've made it a goal to respond to comments more efficiently. I hope I'm getting better at this.

Throughout this year, I have read and read and read other teachers’ blogs. My email subscriptions and Google reader overflow with the words and passion of educators. I read voraciously hoping to improve and learn from my cyber colleagues. Teachers share their experiences in a manner unlike any other profession. I hope I am paying it forward. I consider it an honor to read and emulate them.

When I reflect back on the past year, the most important thing I hope I accomplished was sharing how much I treasure teaching. I may stumble along the way, but I am unwavering in my passion for education and learning.

I am a teacher who loves to learn.
I can't wait to see what I learn in the next year.


Mr. Hughes said...

It has been a pleasure to read your posts over the past few weeks that I have found your site. Please keep the greatness coming.

NancyTeaches said...

Hi Mr. Hughes,
I'm so honored that you read my blog. It means a great deal to me that you take the time to stop by. I can't wait to see what I learn this year! Thanks again for the encouragement and comment. Nancy

Room 148 said...

Congrats on your one year anniversary. I enjoying reading what you share and I love your class website.
Please keep sharing.

NancyTeaches said...

Thanks, Kayenta! I appreciate your good wishes and I'm especially glad you like my class website. I'm looking forward to another great year. Nancy

Justin Cowen said...

Blogging and Twitter has been two of the things that has greatly influenced my teaching. It has connected me to a world of like minded teachers that I had no idea exists. I keep trying to persuade more teachers to get a digital footprint. Congrats on your one year and keep the great posts coming!

NancyTeaches said...

Thanks, Justin. I'm fighting the same battle with my peers. I just can't seem to convince them of the value of blogging and Twitter and I'm usually a pretty persuasive gal. I will persevere and keep blogging. I really appreciate you stopping by and commenting. Nancy

Sarah said...

Yes!!! And my blog reading has certainly been enriched because of your contributions :). I feel like the teacher-blogger community is the new way to teach with your classroom door wide open!

NancyTeaches said...

Thanks, Sarah! I always look forward to your comments and support. I love the "door wide open" visualization! I'm looking forward to a new year of blogging. Thanks again. Nancy

Deb Chitwood said...

Happy blogiversary, Nancy - great blog! I'm happy to have found you through Blog Frog!
Deb @

NancyTeaches said...

Thanks, Deb! Thanks for the good wishes. It is always fun to find a fellow Montessori believer. My own two grown up children definitely benefited from the foundation. I appreciate you stopping by and checking out my blog.