I’ve always considered myself an early adopter when it comes to technology. I’m not one of those over the top “I must have it the moment it goes on sale or the second I can sign up for it” type of people (the iPhone 4 doesn’t count), but I have always felt comfortable with new tech and willing to take it on. We had a computer back when they ran DOS and my parents had to finance it, I had a CD changer in my car when people were still rocking Discmans on tape adapters, and I even had a MySpace account when it literally was my space, because no one else I knew was on it. I always saw opportunity in technology and for that reason I eagerly took it on.
Being the hip, tech savvy one that I am (c’mon that’s funny), I started blogging in college. It wasn’t an assignment for class (my professors were still teaching us such new applications as PowerPoint and Access), but rather it served as my online journal. I wrote about the things I was doing, my opinions about life, and even took to Blogger as a way to reason my way through being dumped by the girl I thought was the one (err, uh, I mean, I broke up with her). It was a way I could write (which I love) and reflect on life as I was living it. Doogie Howser and his IBM PS/2 would be so proud.
As I began teaching, I took my old college Blogger account and repurposed it as a class blog. We recorded our daily homework assignments, class news, and random viral videos I felt worthy of spreading to the masses (or at least my kids). I even started a second blog that I would write posts on for students and their families. I would write about what I did over Winter Break or the ideas we had to change the world. It was a great way to let my kids learn more about me and show them that writing could be fun.
So here I am in 2010, and I haven’t blogged in over four years. Sure, I’ve done some blogging for grad school, but nothing inspired completely by me. For the past several months I have been wrestling with the question, should I start blogging again, or not? (Spoiler Alert: I started blogging again.) As I have connected with so many amazing educators via Twitter, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading their blogs. I love reading about their successes, failures, rants, praises, or just sharing what they have to say. I realized I have things to say too.
So here I am. I’ve jumped upon my digital soapbox and I am ready to let my voice be heard. I hope to add to the education conversation, but most importantly I’m excited to have a place to write, reflect, and get feedback from other people who care about education as much as I do.