Saturday, July 2, 2011

My best year yet...

I am not writing this post to gloat or toot my own horn, but I would like to celebrate the milestone of 100,000 pageviews on my blog. Though the number 100,000 seems like a logical milestone, I really would rather celebrate the journey of my personal and professional growth over the last 12 1/2 months. I know there are many much better Educators and bloggers out there, but this has been quite a year for me as an Educator.
I find it ironic, but as I looked at my first blog post on June 14th, 2010, the title jumped out at me, "A chance to grow." Though the blog post had nothing to do with blogging, I had no idea how much blogging would help me to grow and develop as an Educator.

I have written 118 blog posts (including this one) in a little more than a year. I have spent countless hours writing and reflecting on my educational experiences, and I don't regret it for one second. The journey and time spent have pushed me to new heights as a more well-rounded and knowledgeable Educator, which in turn has hopefully benefited my students and colleagues.

Something worth noting for any Educators contemplating starting a blog; during my first 6 months of blogging I only had 9,000 pageviews. The remaining 91,000 pageviews occurred during the last 6 months. I know many Educators who start blogging get frustrated when they feel nobody is reading their posts, and it only adds to the fire when they get very few if any comments from other Educators. By no means do I consider myself to be an expert on blogging, but I do know it takes time and patience.

Though I have only been in education for 6 years, I feel very confident that this past year was my best professionally. I won't give blogging all the credit, but it definitely played a huge role in helping to shape and evolve my thoughts as an Educator. Good luck and happy blogging!

I encourage you to check out some other posts I have written about blogging:

Is blogging really worth it?

I am an educational blogger

10 reasons to get Educators blogging

Top 5 blog posts of 2010

Where is the value added?