Today is the first anniversary of Sharing Our Blessings.
I celebrated, in the past several days, in a way I could not have imagined possible when I wrote my first post: Introduction of a Reluctant Blogger. I celebrated new educational bloggers. I remember my own excitement and gratitude when Edna Sackson (whatedsaid.wordpress.com, @whatedsaid) and Cristina Milos(ateacherswonderings.posterous.com, @surreallyno) commented on my first post. I didn’t imagine that the just one year in the future I would be welcoming new bloggers, not as an “expert” but rather as an accessible role model and guide, providing encouragement, support, and gratitude for the learning and insights these educators are sharing.
Sunday I commented on new blogs by Joey Sagel(principaljoey.wordpress.com – What Keeps Your Engine Running, @principaljoey) and Rabbi Michael Bitton – Rabbi Mike’s Edtech Blog – How To Blog (rabbimichaelbitton.blogspot.com, @RabbiMBitton).
In addition, I’ve had the great pleasure of seeing a good number of educators, many of whom at least do not yet blog, reflect recently on blogging on a Community of Practice I am privileged to facilitate YU2.0 (yu20.org). These include: Welcome To Blogging by Chagit Alpert, Research Projects And Blogging by Molly Hazan, Blogging Concerns by Miriam Strulowicz, The Power Of Blogging – It’s Much More Than The New Persuasive Essay by Rebbeca Penina Simon, and Not All Who Could Should Blog by Rabbi Pollock. I love engaging and learning with the skeptics as well as the committed bloggers.
Why do I blog? I blog because I long to learn with others, contributing what I can, reflecting in order to stretch my thinking.
Happy Birthday Sharing Our Blessings! Looking forward to the learning the coming year can bring!