"Blogging is using a new medium for what it is good for - connecting and interacting." George Siemens
This morning I awoke and started to read through some of the early slices. It's spring break after all, so I'm in SOLSC heaven. I was a bit shocked when I got to Kathleen Gillis's post about blogging, What Is the Sound of One Blogger Blogging?. Kathleen is wrestling with life after this challenge. Honestly, I felt a little sad. I hadn't really thought about what might happen to some of the blogs I've been enjoying AFTER this challenge. I just assumed they'd always be there. So today's post is my reflection on blogging. Thanks, Kathleen, for the inspiration.
What brings one to this blogging madness? I first began blogging a few years ago at Reflect and Refine: Building a Learning Community. I suppose it was a combination of conversations with friends and spending time on Twitter that pushed me to begin. As I spent more time on Twitter I'd find that sometimes conversations would begin, and I had more than 140 characters to say about them. Imagine that.
My first post, The Walls Are Coming Down, documents the beginning of my journey. I try to post once a week on this blog, and usually keep it focused to literacy and technology. I've never really pressured myself to post beyond that goal, though there are times I seem to post more often. I told myself from the beginning I wasn't going to stress about it. (I have a habit of stressing about everything.)
Then last year I started this blog, Merely Day by Day. It was an attempt to join the 365 daily photo challenge. Yes, I just love a challenge. Well, let's just say that went about like my plans to exercise. Not. So. Well. Looking back I see I made it 58 days which is better than I remembered. When the Slice of Life Challenge started I decided it was time to rejuvenate this blog. The way I wanted to participate in this challenge didn't really lend itself to the writing on my other blog. This has actually worked out perfectly.
So what's my plan? I have enjoyed this blog for trying to improve my writing ---- which still needs A LOT of work. If I have heard the rumors correctly Slice of Life will continue weekly on Tuesdays. I plan to post here at least that often. I have also heard rumors of an April Poetry Challenge. (Yes, I apparently hear a lot of rumors.) When I figure that challenge out I hope to participate here next month --- just to keep life interesting. A little poetry is good for the soul.
That is my plan, but honestly (and I wish this was at the beginning of the post because I want everyone to read it) I hope everyone else will continue to blog. I've come to enjoy the writing of so many people participating in the event. I would miss not being able to stop by to read their thoughts. This challenge has let me put stories with the people I have followed on Twitter, blogs, and in the cyber-sphere. The thought that everyone might disappear on April 1st is not something I want to consider. Are you in?