#ETCoaches Blogging Buddies
After participating in the EdTech Coaches PLN Blog Challenge last fall, my blogging has lost momentum in the absence of accountability and the knowledge that other people were reading my blog. When Penny Christensen suggested that we start the blogging challenge at the beginning of the school year, she was on to something important–writing without feedback from an audience is isolating, and we all need accountability and encouragement. Yes, writing provides opportunities for individual reflection, but the true power of communication is only realized when the communication is received by someone willing to interact with this information. As the cobwebs began to build up on my blog, Katie Siemer contacted me in the spring with an idea for forming small blogging groups that would commit to the long-term (at least a year) goal of supporting each other as they share their learning and growing through blogging. Katie decided to call the program Blogging Buddies and when she opened registration, the response was very positive. Like Penny, she had recognized the limitations of an “anonymous” internet and the need for educators to form direct connections with other practitioners.
Following the announcement of Blogging Buddies groups yesterday, 52+ people are becoming acquainted with their groups and like me, some are rediscovering their blog. For those of you who have maintained your blogging output without buddies or blog challenges, the rest of us admire your dedication and hope your self-discipline rubs off on us.
Now for a shout out to my blogging buddies! Check out their blogs and follow along over the coming months.
- Jennifer Fischer blogs at JEN-ERATIONed
- Adam Hill blogs at Mr. Hill’s Musings
- Brianna Hodges blogs at Educationally TECHtastic
- Carla Jefferson blogs at Teach.Tech.Love
These blogs have been added to my Feedly account, and I am anxious to interact with the group.
If you want to participate in a Blogging Buddies group, there is still time to signup. Complete information, including the registration link, is available here. If you want to see who is already participating in Blogging Buddies, check out the Twitter List.