It started with a tweet.
I thought – hey I could do that.
And now 364 posts later, I’m still here writing.
Were all the posts I published amazing?
In fact a lot of what I wrote was really, really, bad.
But here’s something I learned during this crazy challenge of daily publishing.
I enjoy sharing what I learn online.
In fact, some of the best posts I have written this year.
The ones that provoked the most discussion or were shared widely.
Those posts were actually written on the days when I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired to write.
This challenge meant all those half-thought out ideas ended up being shared.
And through the process of sharing, I experienced feedback and discussion which further refined those ideas.
Yet this process runs contrary to what sharing online has evolved to in 2015.
We want quick fixes.
Pithy quotes in stock images.
Beautiful learning instagram-worthy pictures of learning.
Rapid-fire twitter chats.
Videos that self destruct in a matter of seconds.
5 quick steps to classroom bliss.
Pinterest worthy infographics.
For me sharing online means letting the audience in on honest look at our classrooms, our relationships with our kids, our #teacherwins as well as the days we’re we are barely keeping things together
Which has made this whole daily publishing lark kind of isolating.
Here I am day after day sharing ideas and experiences – not all polished and perfect. I certainly don’t claim to be the authority on anything other than the kids I teach.
But every so often I publish something that resonates with another teacher, someone halfway across the world who is going through the exact same thing.
It blows my mind that we can connect through this weird and wacky thing called the internet.
Which is why I’ll continue to find time for blogging, as it is through sharing that I continue to learn and grow.
Hi Stephanie, Just wanted to say thanks for sticking to your decision and blogging every day. I have really enjoyed reading your thoughts and also the interesting links you put up. I would never have found them on my own. I look forward to reading more in 2016. Happy New Year. Lyn (5-8 year olds in a tiny country schools south of Queenstown, NZ)
PS I love that you’re living in Singapore. My daughter (coincidentally also called Steph) lived there in 2014. It’s one of my favourite places to visit.
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Thanks so much for your kind words. Always fantastic to have feedback from others – my sister lives in Arrowtown so I know that area well.