A year ago, I sadly couldn’t even tell you how to “tweet”. That was for people a lot cooler than me. A blog? Ummm... that’s what journalists did right? An EdCamp? Do I have to sleep in a tent? EdChat groups? Aren’t chat groups what college kids participate in that aren’t really appropriate??????
That was a year ago, and I have grown leaps and bounds! I found a mentor that introduced me to all these types of communicating. I am super excited to now be part of the Compelled Blogging Tribe to grow and learn with other educators and leaders across the United States.
I have to admit that I went into all of these new types of learning and growing slowly, and that’s ok! I attended my first EdCamp last summer and just listened and watched, but I connected with people and started to follow them on Twitter. I then started participating in EdChat groups by watching at first. I then realized we all have different perspectives and the chat groups are great places to share these. I grow and learn the most through these!
I then hesitantly started a blog. “No one is going to read it” I thought, “I don’t have important/breakthrough ideas to share”. But I reframed my thinking and kept going. EVERYONE has a story. EVERYONE has something to share. We don’t have to be scholars, we just have to be willing to share and be willing to learn and grow with others.
So, here I go. I encourage my friends to do the same - it's ok to start slow, but don't be afraid to try. I may not be a tech genius (still can’t figure out Voxer), but I’m excited to share my story and learn and grow from others!