Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Home Stretch

Photo (cc) Anne
It's hard to believe that 27 days ago Andrew from TieandJeans suggested doing a 30 day blogging challenge....I anxiously agreed, not knowing if I could do it. 3 weeks and 6 days later...I have made the turn and am heading into the home stretch!  I did it... AND there actually may be hope for me as a blogger! Here is a reflection of my blogging journey and a few things that I have learned along the way...

  • Blogging is enjoyable, when you have things to write about.
  • It's a challenge on Friday nights when you want to come home from work and crash on the couch.
  • Having a few posts in draft form would help with my Friday night frustrations.
  • Making a list of blogging topics is an essential tool for me...I often think of things to blog about on my drive home...if I don't write them down, I forget about them (well...maybe not write them down WHILE I am driving).
  • Some of my posts that were posted out of desperation for making a post that day were TED Talks, pictures, or quotes...funny thing...some of those posts generated a lot of traffic.
  • Learning to move beyond my embarrassment and fear of writing. As Seth Godin says...
Just write poorly. Continue to write poorly, in public, until you can write better.
  • Reading blogs, LOTS of blogs has helped me in my blogging journey.
  • I don't blog for others, but for my learning...although, it is cool to look at the stats and to receive a comment or two.
  • I often say that I don't articulate my thoughts well...I have learned to just write how I talk and eventually I will find my voice.
  • By blogging, I am modeling to my teachers who may be interested in blogging.
  • I am setting a good example to my students on how to have a positive digital footprint.
  • I have more posts in one month than I have had in two years...this is exciting, people!
  • I was not 100% on my 30 days = 30 posts...I missed 3 days...I still think this is a major accomplishment!
  • Starting this 30 day challenge has me thinking of other 30 day challenges I can start.
  • I was able to accomplish this goal because I believed in myself.
As I come to the end of my 30 day challenge...I may not write a post a day, but I KNOW I WILL continue down this blogging path...A special thank you to Andrew for pushing me out of my comfort zone!
Dare to believe - because believing makes it so.  
- Beth Mende Conny

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