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What have I learned so far?
Despite the fact that I have never had much confidence in my ability to blog, I have found that I no longer really care if I what I write is "good" or not. The process of blogging has become meaningful to ME. Essentially, I am journaling in a public forum. Instead of keeping my journal under the mattress or in a drawer, I am journaling digitally. Along the way, some of my thoughts might resonate with others, as I found other blogs do with me. That is a positive result of this digital age. You truly aren't alone. And your questions and ideas and musings do speak to other people. When I was 12, I sometimes thought that I was the only girl in the world feeling the way that I did. Years later, I know that my insecurities are misplaced. There is a world of people out there and with just a little effort, I can find a "tribe", an answer, a new idea. That is extremely comforting. So if you are wondering "what do I have to share?", just start writing and you will see how much your voice is needed and matters in the global dialogue.
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What will I do next?
As the summer winds down and the school year ramps up, I am looking forward to returning to a regular practice of blogging. I also plan to go back and respond to some of the earlier #edublogger prompts that really speak to me. I am also thinking about creating a blogging challenge of sorts for our faculty this year. Reflection is so important for all of us no matter our career, so I hope to encourage the faculty to reflect in different ways this year.
The last few months have shown me how much I value the opportunity to reflect and I am not only excited to get back at it, but also to find ways to encourage others to do the same.