Friday, October 1, 2010

Will You Accept The Blogging Challenge?

Once the first several people began to blog at Chets Creek the opportunity quickly caught on like wildfire, just as the many really exceptional ideas do around here.  It was new, we had exciting things to share and it was easy.  Well folks, it's not new anymore, but we still have exciting things to share and it really is easy.  I think we make it hard sometimes.  We allow ourselves to collect preconcieved notions about what our posts have to look like, or how long they have to be, or what they have to say.  By overthinking it we became paralyzed by it and forget that each and every one of us has something to share.  Throughout last year the majority of us fell victim to "unblogging" and missed out on the power that can come from taking the time to reflect on your work and then share it with others.  I completely undersand why it happens - it happened to me, too!  At the end of the year I encouraged each of you who had fallen out of the habit (including myself :) to get after it again.  Throw out those ideas about what should be and just do it.  Getting back into the habit  will remind you why you started in the first place - you just have to get your groove back.

Earlier this week my tech mentor, Melanie Holtsman, (who also struggled with blogging last year :) approached me about an idea that could help those who are struggling to get back into the routine of blogging - a blogging challenge.  Write one blog post a week for 10 of the next 11 weeks.  Tag your post with "fallblogchallenge2010" and send Melanie an email so that she'll know you're joining our challenge.  She and dayle timmons even came up with a list of topics you can use to jump start the practice.  Feel free to modify them to suit your needs.  They are all things that each of us would be interested in knowing about our colleagues and their work.


I'm in!  Let the blogging begin! Are you ready to take the challenge?


Connie said...

The list of topics is great! Thanks for some good ideas. I'm going to accept the challenge too!

Toni Chant said...

Need and want the inspiration. I'm in... might regret it but I'm gonna' try it!

Maria Mallon & Cheryl Dillard said...

Mall-ard's Hog Heaven is up to the challenge!!MM

Anonymous said...

Several comments or querries:

Guilty as charged!

How long did it take dayle to come up with a math blogging idea?

To avoid the age old question of the tree falling in the woods with nobody around to hear it; are there any SIMPLE strategies to build readership?

Also loved the suggetsed blogging ideas.



Dorry Lopez said...

Our 4-Corners Team is in! We have an entire schedule for the whole year set up for whose turn it is to write a blog post. We each take turns weekly, so that means we accept the challenge and will be writing a blog post each week. Happy Blogging!

Dorry, Angela, Meli, and Rick

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad that I joined the has jump started me into blogging this year. It's always hard to get going at the beginning of the year with so much going on but once you get back into it you remember how much fun it is to write great things about your classroom!
Debbie Harbour

Anonymous said...

Ok boss, You have thrown down the farming glove! I am determined to once again get on the horse and blog!