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I have blogged for maybe a decade now, on again – off again. I began with the advent of what was once known as the ‘Read, Write Web’. That amazing series of technological advancements that allowed us to begin to interact with the internet CONTENT without being a coder or an uber-back end techie. Mostly I blogged about Education Technology, Integration in Education, Trends, my experiences with graduate school (Trust the Process)… Early on, not many of us were blogging about these things, but the topic (breadth of related topics, quite a while back now) has gone mainstream and happily, over the years so many really interesting people, connected to so many different ideas, perspectives and experiences, have begun blogging about these same topics (and the partner promo system – twittering) that I mostly began to FOLLOW and use these folks as my professional learning PLN. Then it gets hard to track all the good stuff passing under my fingertips..
New and different things motivate and inspire me now – 21st Century authentic, real-world, creation, experiential learning has given way to a new name, MAKER. I’ve renewed my love for camping and all things outdoors and in the past 18 months have taken up mountain biking with a passion i have only felt in the past for educational technology.
But something else has driven me to open this last of my many blog formats and hit the old keyboard. It’s a recognition that many things interest us. We are human, diverse, complex. When I speak of passion it can be my own recent odyssey into the world of competitive and sometimes not so competitive mountain biking. it can be a teacher trying a student-tech-centric approach she has never used before, it can be about people I encounter that have a story to tell. I do not know what will inspire you, but I draw mine from many places.
These fingers want to fly again, about anything. Not about me, that’s what FB is for, right? But, I am pretty busy, so maintaining one blog is quite enough digital space, my topics will wander, meander, sojourn, uncover, discover – like me.
Oh yeah, FOCUS! Why blog, again, after a long hiatus? It was at dinner, in NYC, a little over a month ago. A small (as they are in NY), intimate bistro, maybe 8-10 tables, walls of glass opened to the sidewalk and the air and the urban clatter of buses, cabs, sirens, the din and shout of voices. Sitting with my mom and 2 of her friends we all launched into chatter. As friends of mothers are wont to do, they began to ask about me and talk about my happenings and after that topic was spent, I began to ask about them. Did you work, what did you do? Did you travel, where did you go? Somewhere in the conversation I had mentioned how my mom used to take us to sit-in’s and protest marches and the most incredible story’s emerged from her friends life experiences. From a family vacationing in Washington DC in the 60’s so they could take their children to the March on Washington for Equal Rights for Blacks, to marches for Equal Rights for Women, to Anti-War/Pro-Peace movements. To what it was like to be the first women working in major television news – as secretary’s (think ‘Mad Men’) to moving on up. When we hot home, I told mom, I want to blog about these amazing women and their quiet, but powerful story’s. Then i recognized that I know such a diverse collection of men and women, from all walks, ages, classes.
So many rich experiences and ideas are kept inside of us, or are reserved for our children, our grandchildren. What have you seen? Tell me a story so that I may share in it and see it too!
I have always had a secret yearning to be a storyteller, the face-to-face kind, the one who weaves a tapestry of belief and curiosity, interest and inspiration through the mystical use of voice, crafted movement of body, choice of words. But I do not have that natural skill. I can type, I see the tapestry in my head and the work is to impart to correctly across the dancing keyboard.
The conventional wisdom says that to acquire a blogging audience one must post regularly. (1) Time, precious time. I’d really rather be hanging with my family and always wish to be riding (2) I’d rather post when I feel compelled.
I loathe so many of the obligatory social rites and expectations of modern society, I don’t wish to tie myself to this pleasure in a way that someday risks it feeling like effort. I am nothing if not about trying to wrest the enjoyment and fulfillment from each thing I do. I tell the story’s to remember, to share, to relive, to understand and maybe to find a larger lesson. Maybe. Sometimes, it is really just a story.
These are the story’s I wish to share, interwoven with anything else that moves or interests me. If you are looking for a single theme and a new article a week, save yourself. Plenty of great places to acquire precisely that. Here will be the hodgepodge that for me is reality of life: different things, different people, new challenges, other perspectives. Messy, varied, always something.
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