September 30

Why I keep blogging

It takes a lot of work to blog. You have to be committed (or you might become committed). I would say the most important thing you need to be committed to is the why. Just like organizations, teaching, administration or even golf, if you know why you are doing something (think mission/vision driven) it makes things a lot easier. For me, it is all about my insights into learning. Simple as that!

 

Sometimes blogging can be lonely. For me, it is a commitment of time that I could be doing something else. I let my family know I am going blogging, put headphones on, and get to work. Sometimes it takes a few minutes, other times it can take an hour. Sometimes I hit post, and other times I just hit delete. Its all part of the process.

 

Recently, I had two encounters that reaffirmed  I am not the only one benefiting from this blog.

 

It was a Friday afternoon and a parent came in to pick up her daughter. She is a teacher who works in a neighboring school. When I came out of my office, I was immediately greeted by this parent. She said, “You! (she pointed at me, smiling) yeah you. I have been waiting to tell you this since Back To School night. You are such an inspiration. The best principal I have ever seen. Tell me to jump off of a bridge, and I will only ask you which one!” I walked over to her, and asked her for a hug. I told her I was humbled by her statement, and that I appreciated her feedback. Wow, I thought, a bridge?

 

That same weekend I attended a wedding for my wife’s friend’s son. My wife and her friend worked together for 10 years, and they were a supportive network for each other. We really enjoy spending time with her and her family! As we were leaving the reception, on one of the most important days in her life, she took the time to tell me this, “I love reading your stuff. I get so inspired. Keep going. Don’t stop!” Gulp, someone is actually inspired.

 

I am thankful to have a supportive network that allows me to grow as a blogger, and as a person. Whether it is my family, staff, central administration team, other bloggers, friends or readers, I appreciate the support.

 

But I know that at the end of the day, it comes down to the why.

 

This is why I keep blogging!

 

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Posted September 30, 2012 by drspikecook in category Blogging, Inspiration, Leadership

About the Author

Elem Principal, Husband, Father, Twitter Evangelist, Education Blogger, ASCDEdge blogger, Coach, Adjunct Prof, Consultant, Presenter. Co-host of @principalcast

11 thoughts on “Why I keep blogging

  1. Krissy Venosdale (@ktvee)

    I couldn’t agree more. I love blogging. It’s opened my mind to so many new thoughts, reflections, and people than I ever imagined. I started blogging because I thought I wanted to share. But, I’ve realized that some posts I write are just to help me clarify my thoughts, add in others thoughts, and you get that kind of awesome, full on, collaboration that learning is all about! Great post and thoughts here. You inspire me as well!

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  2. Curt Rees

    I think we learn best from those we know and trust. Your blog does all of this. We get to know you which makes the learning easier. Keep up the great work!

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  3. Shawn White

    I recently discovered your blog (and you) through the Twitter. I appreciate your genuine nature in your writing and your obvious commitment to yourself and thus your profession to learn through reflection in this space of yours. I have been trying to do the same, but am so often challenged by time. I am inspired by your example to carve out time, to treat it as necessity and not a passive goal.

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    1. drspikecook (Post author)

      Shawn
      Thanks so much for your comments. I feel that blogging has to be a commitment, but one of the things I forgot to mention was the importance of reading and commenting on other’s blogs. We can help each other out! Also, when I skyped with George Couros “It’s not about time, it’s about priority” he really helped me understand why I need to make it a priority just like everything else. Let me know how I can help you!
      Spike

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  4. David Warlick

    I agree! Blogging is hard work. Any kind of writing is hard work for me, though I find writing computer code to be relaxing. I also agree that blogging helps us to refine out thoughts and ideas.

    But you seem to be sharing another important reason. We blog to teach, because we are, at heart, teachers. And why do we teach? For the hugs. :-)

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    1. drspikecook (Post author)

      David
      Thanks for the comments. Yeah, I don’t necessarily see blogging as a chore, I really enjoy it. Working in an Elementary school provides me the opportunity for lots of hugs!
      Thanks
      Spike

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    1. drspikecook (Post author)

      Mary
      Thanks for your comments. I am new as well (really just started in January). I look for inspiration in everything. Sometimes I have to work on just letting things “be” and not necessarily blogging about it. Thanks again for inspiring me~
      Spike

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