What has blogging done for you?
For me, it has opened so many different worlds. I've grown as a teacher. I've grown as a person.
There were times over the last year where I wondered if I had a voice in the blogging community. Did people read? Did people care what I had to say? Was I obsessed with how many followers I had? (Ummmm....yes).
I am not quite into a full year of blogging, but this is why I continue to blog:
#1~I think about how and what I teach in a different way. Sounds simple enough, right? If it's not blog-worthy, should I plan it? ;)
#2~I love to share. I've always been "that parent" who sent in treats to teachers and kids when my own kids were small. Almost to the point of hearing at home, "I bet those cookies aren't for us." I love to share my ideas almost to a fault. But, really, is there any fault in sharing? Probably not.
#3~I have "met" so many wonderful friends in this community. Yes, I truly consider my blog buddies my friends. They listen. They hear about my ups and downs. I had a ball with Amber and Elisabeth on Friday when they came to stay with me. I had a great time at the blogger meet up in Columbia. My buddies Kristen and Tara might be a million miles away, but they are there for me in a skinny minute. Tara~thanks for listening to me today when I needed it.
So, do you ever have doubts about blogging? Stick with it if you do. There may be ups and downs to blogging and feeling like you aren't being heard. But, the friends you make online will make it worth it.
I know it has for me.