In late November, Kendra and I decided to join in the #nerdlution fun. We committed to each writing 50 blog posts in 50 days. Rookie mistake. I personally underestimated the time of blogging everyday (and everything that goes into it). We rocked it the beginning of winter break, and then Kendra and I each recognized the need to decompress and be family-focused. 2014 brought a new approach to the blog, and I have posted most days in January. For me, the purpose of #nerdlution was to make blogging a habit. Mission accomplished. As the 50 days of #nerdlution draw to a close, the connections from #nerdlution were the most unexpected and wonderful gift.
|Kendra, Jillian & I at edCampDSM|
#nerdlution has helped me to expand my PLN. I have lurked on blogs and Twitter for longer than I care to admit now. I lacked the confidence to share or contribute, so I would read without commenting. I didn't realize what I missing out on by not joining in. I approached #nerdlution with a "Why not speak up?" attitude ,and my thinking has shifted as a result. I have linked up with It's Monday! What Are You Reading and Slice of Life. I participated in a Twitter chat for #wildreading, and I was truly disappointed when I didn't get a chance to join in the #sharpschu chat last week. Note: I will fix this with February's chat about Battle Bunny! People I know "in real life" have asked or talked about something I wrote. Thank you! Fellow educators across the country like Kevin commented on our young blog. Their comments provided welcome feedback and proved that someone other than Kendra and I were reading our blog. Thank you! It also showed me the value of comments, so I am making a more concerted effort to comment. I was giddy when I found out via Twitter and e-mail comment alerts that thoughtful and thought-provoking educators (read as: I've read their books, their blogs, their articles from Choice Literacy, I've implemented their ideas...you get the picture), such as Cathy, Franki and Clare, actually read something that we wrote. I may have sent excited text messages to Kendra. I knew she would understand. She did.
#nerdlution has helped me to see the world with a writer's eye. Blogging everyday helped me to be on the lookout for inspiration and process my professional learning in a different way. Being a reader makes me a better reading teacher. For some reason, I hadn't extended that to writing until we began blogging. Being a writer is now informing my approach to writing instruction.
#nerdlution also helped me realize that I can find time. I had let go of some things because I didn't think I had time. But I am able to find time to read and write
Thanks, #nerdlution! When does Round 2 start?