When I set out to do the blog 365 challenge, I wasn’t really sure what I was getting myself into. I’ve learned so much about myself, my profession, and my writing though this process. There were certainly times I wanted to give up, and there were other times that I wanted to keep going into year two. It is very ironic that during the times I wanted to give up, I would run into someone who mentioned my blog to me. In addition, there were a few times that people would send me kind messages on Twitter, Voxer, Facebook and in the comment section. Words can’t express my gratitude for the support!
Here are my 10 lessons I learned from blogging everyday for a year:
- If you are committed, you can do anything. I set a goal and worked everyday to achieve it. Sometimes, it is that simple.
- The inspiration was the easiest part. If you open yourself up, and work with amazing kids and teachers, there is inspiration all around.
- Constant reflection is a blessing. I value the time spent thinking about how to be better, and how to make education better.
- It’s OK if you get a little ahead, or a little behind. Let’s face it, I had some really busy times throughout the year. There were times that I needed to post a few in advance, or afterwards.
- My biggest influence in this process was Seth Godin. He blogs everyday and many of the blogs are not more than a paragraph. Yet, his blog posts are so profound.
- Image searching is almost as fun as writing the post. I love Google Images, and when I needed something to support the post, I would find such amazing images. I always gave credit to the author or the site (I think that is very important).
- What you do most, you do best – As I said yesterday, if you really want to get better at something you have to put in the time and effort. Writing everyday forced me to write, write, and write! I probably spent about 5,o0o hours (10 – 15 minutes for 365 days) writing. I will be honest, I have a long way to go. I still have grammar, syntax and spelling issues. My editing skills are lacking.
- In order to be a better writer, you have to read! Many of my posts were inspired by something I read. I want to especially thank all of the other education bloggers out there sharing their knowledge!
- It became part of the family – My kids have been excited about this blog since I started three years ago. I can still remember my son when he was in 1st grade telling his teachers, “Follow my dad @drspikecook on Twitter and read his blog at drspikecook.com.” Sometimes the kids were the subject of the blog, and they love seeing themselves in here!
- You never know where this will take you – I always wanted to write a book, and because of blogging I have a published book and have another in process. I’ve been able to connect with thousands of other educators from around the globe. I have become better because of all this!!!
Thank you for all of your support on this project. I am excited for the new year and new beginnings. I won’t be blogging everyday, but I will keep blogging.
I have to admit; Reading this makes me want to take on this challenge in the coming year!
Let me know if you decide to try it.
As a daily blogger, I identified with all your points. I’m wondering how we can carve out the time in the school day so that every child writes every day on their own “blog.” Ideas?
That is a great idea. There is no reason why we can’t do that!
CONGRATULATIONS…and thank you, for demonstrating perseverance in 2014. As someone who is relatively new to blogging (I write monthly, since August), I see you as a role model in transparent leadership.
I’ve enjoyed learning from you this year and wish you all the best in 2015!
Thank you for sharing!
There are times when I struggle to publish even once a week. I am inspired and recommitted to keep at it and to try some new ideas.
I hope you keep blogging. We all need to hear your voice!
I’ve enjoyed following your adventures during 2014 and I look forward to learning even more from you in 2015!
To quote a wise principal, “Keep doing what you’re doing!” 😉
Thanks for the kind words Chris!Look forward to hearing great things from you in 2015.
Your blog has made me want to blog a lot more, thanks for the motivation!!
You should definitely start blogging more! Let me know how I can help
I’m interested in taking the plunge and setting up a blog for the parents in our elementary school. Where should I begin?
A school or parent blog is very important. I would take a look at a few examples out there. I started the RM Bacon Elementary blog to connect students, teachers, parents and community. http://www.rmbaconweekly.blogspot.com
Im interested in taking the plunge and beginning a blog with my elementary school parents. Where and how do I begin?
I am very interested in starting a blog-a-day challenge. Similar to the last person who left a comment, how to begin? Do you use wordpress? Do you use it primarily as a tool for reflection? Can anyone access your blog or do you invite people?
Thanks for the comment and I apologize for just getting back to you. Ironically, after doing the Blog a Day Challenge, I have taken some time off from blogging. I use Edublogs, which is closely associated with WordPress. I primarily use the blog for personal reflection, product review, and sharing of resources. The blog is open to anyone, and as I always say, does not reflect the views of the district I work in. I hope this helps. If you need anything else, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org