It seemed like a good idea at the time

It seemed like a good idea at the time.

I had started reading education blogs as a tool for professional development. Not only was I learning from great blogs like this but also I was inspired. I wanted to start my own blog but I didn’t think I had the time to write enough posts to maintain an audience. I also questioned my knowledge. I am not a rookie at the inquiry game but I still have more questions than I do answers. Though I assume that’s how many of us feel.

So I thought back to my days at Bonn International School. I’m not sure I was aware at the time how lucky I was to be surrounded by so many brilliant, motivated and inspiring educators. They were dedicated and innovative, always seeking out the practice that was best. They also instilled in me a sense of collegial sharing. There was no competition, only support and encouragement. So I thought I would call upon all these people to once again inspire and educate me, and invite others to learn from them as well.

These brilliant people are curriculum coordinators, ICT coaches, deputy principals, early childhood educators, heads of student support services, ICT coordinators, team leaders, publishers, and elementary school teachers.

So once everyone was on board I went about trying to write my first post. It was at that point I realized what I was up against. Writing to an audience is daunting. I have three different posts started and all have been pushed aside because I either lost my momentum or forgot the thought I was trying to express.

So what seemed like a good idea at the time suddenly appears more intimidating. But that’s why I’ve brought my friends along for the ride.

Enjoy what’s to follow and be inspired.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. becline
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 08:23:55

    As one of the “brilliant people”, I know how you feel. Blogging seems like such a great idea when you read the many other educators making meaningful contributions through blogs. It should be easy, right? Like you, I have a dashboard full of draft posts. It’s one thing to have a basic idea and another thing to publish that for a wider audience. In fact that’s what makes blogging such a powerful tool to use with students. Thus, think of yourself as a student, and stop trying to craft the perfect first post. A little self-awareness is helpful, but too much can stop our creativity dead in its tracks. Just go for it! If it’s not any good, no one will read it, So what do you have to lose?


  2. Marina
    Oct 27, 2012 @ 12:07:57

    Hi Jeff,
    I hear you!
    I went through the same process myself. And then I finally started a blog and a few months later wordpress closed it down on me for violation of service! (?) We think it got hacked. Anyway, I like the guest blogger idea. My friend Andy does the same (
    Want to be a guest blogger on my site? 🙂
    I look forward to more engaging reading on your site.


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