I started blogging in 2013. I did this for personal rather than work reasons. I needed to think out loud. I think by talking. This frustrates those close to me because it appears like I am changing my mind. I discovered that I could get the same clarity and empty my head of all those swirling thoughts about work and my life by writing them down. It is good for my wellbeing. I chose to share it because I knew that my family and friends would get a lot out of it too. Check out https://kevmeandhd.wordpress.com if you dare.
I then started my work blog later that year (you’re reading it now). Again to think out loud and clarify my thoughts around my core beliefs about education. I didn’t expect anyone would read either blog and that is not why I created them. It was purely to get what was in my head onto virtual paper so that I could stop thinking about stuff. It also to forced me to clarify my thoughts – they can be a bit scattered.
Since starting the #28daysofwriting challenge, I have found myself, for the first time, checking how many people have read my blog posts and who has retweeted the link to my post. Suddenly, this has become important to me. It has become a little bit of a rush. Although compared to some, my 18 views and 2 retweets is a bit pitiful. I had looked at these bloggers on twitter who retweet the link to their posts over and over with some disdain but now I have an more of an insight into why they do it. It is the rush that someone has read your thoughts and seen value in them. It also re-enforcing for me the need to find genuine audience for my student’s work.
I will continue to write because it’s good for my wellbeing. It is nice that someone else reads it other than me in an attempt to find the spelling mistakes I should have noticed before hitting publish. I’m enjoying the ‘rush’ but hopefully it won’t overtake the reasons I started blogging in the first place.