It’s that time of the year where teachers are hitting that first wall. Thanksgiving is past, the kids are wired because of the holiday season in full swing, and stuff is starting to pile up around us with both professional and personal responsibilities all around us.
I’m not sure how I did this, but somehow I got into a Voxer group titled #slowchatpe, and it’s one of the most active groups I’m in right now it terms of peoples’comments and talking through ideas and thoughts.
Last week, one of the questions was: Is Blogging Over Rated? That got me thinking. My wife now reads this blog, and wonders what in the heck am I’m talking about. 🙂 I’ve got other teachers, administrators, all sorts of people reading along, but is it worth it? Is is worth putting yourself out there for the public observation, comment, and sometimes questioning about what it is you are writing about?
At this point, I say no, blogging is not overrated. True, but my blog is just a mind dump. My blog isn’t ever going to win any awards, garner me much attention other than my wife poking fun at me (she’s the real writing, not me), or draw away from some more seasoned and professional writers. But it’s real, it’s thoughtful, and in the end, the thoughts are mine and mine alone.
It’s a place where I can pour out whatever it is I need to pour out from basketball woes (we keep trying) to classroom successes (Fakebook pages are working finally) to the pains of being a teacher (Christmas is coming and they are getting crazy). All of this I can do and if people read it, hooray. If not, I’m not going to stress too much about that either. The fact is, I think if we are sharing, we are connecting with each other outside the professional realm, and that is never a bad thing. To make an impact with each other, we have to know each other beyond just being the title of teacher.
Just like with the students: find your audience, read what you write (guilty of not doing that!), and if you don’t like it, save it for later. I’ve written too many posts that were months sitting in my draft folder, but just never felt quite right! Don’t let it drag you down either. I struggle with topics, but have yet to struggle with “should I let this blog go” syndrome. My only advice is if you truly aren’t into the words, take a break. Don’t give in to the temptation of just shutting the thing down. I’ve looked at the delete button good and hard before, but it’s almost 300 posts now, a number that is astounding to me. So no, I don’t think a medium like this can be overrated! It’s entirely what your purpose is in doing the writing that makes the blog.
What do you think? Is blogging over rated? Are there too many of us people writing and we should leave it to the “professional educators” or should more of us who are in the trenches being writing? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!
As for me, I may be writing another blog tonight yet, asking for help with my 8th grader girls and their shooting! Oye, we practice all kinds of shooting, but get into a game and it’s the same old habits that were learned years ago!