500 posts – Blogging isn’t dead but it does take take work

Another blogging milestone hits – 500 posts on this blog.

Year Page views Posts Comments
2011 31666 175 655
2012 57806 93 412
2013 88423 61 197
2014 92806 38 96
2015 43796 140 172

As I look back, I can’t help but look forward.

We live in a world where so much of what we experience is reduced to a small square photo on a phone. Forget long well-thought out posts. Attention spans these day 140 characters long, or a video or a picture that self destructs in a few seconds.

How many moments are we capturing both inside and outside the classroom with a view that they need to be retweetable, pinable, shareable?

Last year I felt like perhaps it was time to add my final post.

I never seemed to find the time to blog and what content I was posting wasn’t all amazing in comparison to the shiny pictures of perfect classrooms on pinterest and engaged students on twitter.

I was convinced that quick hits of polished content were king and blogging was dead.

This year I have had a creative second wind that comes with this daily publishing.

Some days are harder than others.

But through the process of creating content every day I remembered why it was I started blogging.

For the last 11 years, I have invited people from the online world into my life.

A  messy life that has not been styled for the purposes of that perfect, shareable picture.

There seems to be a dwindling number of edubloggers who are still offering that honest look into their classroom spaces, what goes well as well as what goes wrong.

Yes we need to hear about the days where you and the children in your class fly high but we also need to hear about the days where the demands of this job seem so overwhelming.

Because it’s on the worst of days that teachers, both fresh out of university and decades old, need to remember they are not so alone.

The best thing about living online is that there is always another chapter of the story to be written…

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