It’s My Blog’s First Birthday And Here’s My Birthday Wish

cake.jpgBy the time you read this I won’t be here 🙁 instead I will be on vacation without with limited Internet access.

But today is a special day that I can’t let it pass without saying thanks for being loyal readers and I ‘m thinking of all of you.

You see today is Mobile Technology in TAFE blog’s first birthday and I’ve now being blogging for a year. As the birthday girl it means I get a wish 🙂 (image by imedagoze).

Here’s my wish

wish.jpgI spend a lot of time supporting other bloggers, helping them and leaving comments on posts (especially new bloggers) but this week can’t (image by TIO).

So can you:

  • Visit some blogs today (or this week) and write a comment on their posts to let them know that someone cares what they write.
  • Leave a comment on this post with links to posts you suggest other readers check out plus tell us about some of the posts you commented on and why.

It’s been an incredible year and an amazing journey so far. Persistence, patience and commitment helped.

Here’s my year in reflection.

My First Months

My blogging abilities increased considerably from my early days; check out my first post. I wrote 29 posts in my first month of blogging with 40 comments and had many posts with no comments. Now I written 238 posts, for this blog, and have 1,474 comments.

I still remember the feeling of Why continue to write a blog? when you don’t receive any comments and feel like you’re talking to yourself. I’m sure there are a lot of people that are glad I didn’t give up — so don’t you give up 🙂 .

And yes commenting is important to me — I spend a lot of time commenting on other people’s blogs and on my own posts because I’ve made the decision I’d rather support the community and other bloggers than write lots of posts.  The interactions within comments and linking between posts is where the greatest learning happens.

Thanks to all my readers for being loyal readers. And thanks to everyone who takes the time to write comments and/or links to my posts — I really do appreciate it and you’ve all helped so much with my personal learning.

31 Day Project

My blogging ability dramatically improved when I participated in the 31 Days to Build A Better Blog Project with an amazing team of bloggers from around the World. Thanks to each and everyone of you (the participants) from the 31 Day Project and my readers who supported me during the project.

I would especially like to thank Michele Martin for inviting bloggers to undertake the project with her and Darren Rowse for creating the 31 Days Project. I’ve set up this page on my wiki if you’d like to do the 31 Day Project and/or check out what I learnt.

I don’t believe this blog would have been a finalist in the 2007 Edublog Awards in three separate categories: Best Individual Blog; Best New Blog and Best Ed Tech Support blog if I hadn’t done the 31 Day Project. Thanks to my readers for nominating my blog for the awards.

The Edublogger

It’s been a great honor to now also blog on The Edublogger — a blog set up by Edublogs dedicated to helping educational bloggers with using emerging technologies in education, share their own experiences and promote the blogging medium.

Thanks James Farmer (founder of Edublogs) for giving me this opportunity because it has increased my potential to interact/connect with a larger community and help even more people. And thanks to all the bloggers (you all know who you are) that I work with and assist — I enjoy helping you all 🙂 .

The Friendships

But most important my blogging has helped me connect with wonderful people throughout the World, and whose friendship I value. I’m sorry I won’t be coming to NECC.

And for each of you, because I know you are missing me this week, I left this video so you can have a good laugh.  Make sure you watch it because there are short comedy segments between sections of the song.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

Thanks to everyone that does take the time to grant my birthday wish. Internet access will be limited while I’m away but I’ll see you when I get back.

Don’t forget to join them at Open PD while I’m away. Thanks to everyone for sharing their Blogging Experience & Tips For Participants From Open PD. There is still time to add your tips — I will be following up this post when I’m back.

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22 thoughts on “It’s My Blog’s First Birthday And Here’s My Birthday Wish

  1. My first blogoversary is April 19. Nobody said great minds don’t think alike.

    Here’s to a fantastic first year and to many more to come.

    Darren Draper Reply

  2. Happy Birthday! I have now been blogging for 3 months thanks to all the help your Edublogger blog provides.

    Britt Reply

  3. Happy BLOGbirthday Sue.
    I know we’ve only just made contact but I also know how valuable help from people like you is to new (and other) bloggers. I know my class blog would not have got off the ground without the help of bloggers from around the globe who like you are only too happy to assist others.
    I also know that commenting is a very important part of the blogging process and whilst I encourage my class to leave comments often I don’t do it often enough myself.
    Thanks again
    Jane

    Jane Lowe Reply

  4. Happy Belated Blog Birthday, Sue–you’re an amazing inspiration to so many people and an incredibly prolific blogger. Thank you for sharing so generously of your time and knowledge. You’re one of the many reasons the blogosphere is so incredible!

    Michele Martin Reply

  5. thanks for the inspiration Sue – helps me with my threat to return to blogging. Happy Birthday

    howard errey Reply

  6. Happy happy blogging for many years! I learn lots of quality stuff from your blogs. In fact, being an Edublog editor made myself to open another blog for my students, on EduBlog.

    🙂

    Gabriela Grosseck Reply

  7. It’s your blogs’ birthday and you’re giving us presents to listen to and look at! Most of the comments I’ve made are to thank those – especially those I follow on twitter – for the time and effort they spend writing to help others like me who are soaking it all up. Recently, I’ve been posting comments on posts which answer questions I have about applications I’m looking for, for one of my students.

    These are the posts I stopped at;
    @Karen Jan http://tinyurl.com/54u3mx Karen wrote a long list of uses for Jott – a speech to text app. What was the amazing though was we both connected on Twitter and then on Skype! That was my first real understanding of the connections that are made between using blogs which benefit us and especially the students we teach.

    @Loonyhiker http://tinyurl.com/2skysx because she lists some excellent steps for making the inclusion of special education students easier.

    and today I found an application called Blabberize while reading @lorisheldon’s http://tinyurl.com/3s3bh2 blog. Blabberize lets users create a talking picture – you upload a picture, record a message and watch the mouth move. It can also be embedded into your web site.

    It sounds like I take more than I give but I hope one day I’ll leave a comment that gives something back.
    Happy Birthday!
    Grace

    gkat Reply

  8. Happy, Happy Blog Birthday to you! Keep up the great work and my hat goes off to you, blogging two blogs chocka block full of inspiration and information. Enjoy your well-earned vacation!

    teachingsagittarian Reply

  9. Hi Sue,
    Happy blog-birthday (blirthday?). Re: your shout-out for recent posts, here’s one that might interest you. It highlights MobileActive, a network that tracks and promotes the use of mobile technologies to improve the world. Although it’s an active global network, I don’t see much involvement from education sector–yet.
    Post is here: http://www.edutopia.org/mobile-phone-technology-global-change
    And more background on the Skoll World Forum here: http://reinventingpbl.blogspot.com/2008/04/ideas-in-nick-of-time.html
    Cheers,
    Suzie

    Suzie Boss Reply

  10. Happy blog-birthday Sue!
    I’m amazed at the whole new world I’m discovering just by carefully reading and attentively listening through posts and twitter.
    In such a few days you gave me so much, you enlarged my horizon. Each morning I start my classes telling my young students a new episode of this wonderful tale: what is going on out there, in the educational blogosphere of web 2.0. Some listen to me eyes wide open and ask me to take them into these marvellous trips through the web, during recreation time. We all are sorrow for not speaking or writting fluently English to follow all of you better and to give you more of ourselves; I’ve been showing them blogs linked to http://library.thinkquest.org: they found what other children have created about the same subject matters, but in such a free and creative way; they ask me to translate everything, they become aware of the power of languages in order to be included in the great web adventure of their time. I would like to see more and more translations to Portuguese of all those written beauties, and, at the same time, I strongly feel our young students must be encouraged to “dive” in your language, the “Queen” language for the Web kingdom. These days, I’ve been also writting small posts, here and there, – for instance, an interwiew given by “Pistachio Consulting” about the deep sens of Twittering – just to thank, just to say “it’s beautiful what you are saying”, “thank you for sharing it”.
    I’m so sorry for not expressing my self properly, for not moving freely in the “medium” of English language! I ‘m receiving so much, I would love to give back more, to correspond more fairly.
    Next days will also be hard at school, for we will be having tests; I won’t have much time to follow you, but I’ll be back to Edublogs to learn how to build my “sleeping-in-the-woods-blog” .

    inpi Reply

  11. Thanks for your support in the blogging field, friendly nature and inspiration let alone all the tips that you keep churning out!

    Marie Reply

  12. Happy 1st Birthday Sue’s blog! Mine is April 18th… Wow! I can’t believe it’s been a year. Thanks for the constant inspiration, ideas and support. You are a blogging legend…

    Alex Miller Reply

  13. Wow thanks everyone for the Blog Birthday wishes. Sorry 🙁 I was away for the birthday so we couldn’t have a proper online party.

    @Darren looking forward to your birthday post so I could write an appropriate comment but looks like it’s not going to happen?

    @Lee Thanks

    @Britt Thanks and congratulations at achieving the 3 months of blogging. The first few months of blogging are so hard so I’m glad the post on The Edublogger are helping.

    @Frank Thanks I saw the tweet and it made me happy. I did enjoy my vacation and post coming soon.

    @Jane I’m happy to help other bloggers because I have had so much help and mentoring from people when I started and still get it now. I will be honest — commenting does take a lot of time. But as I said I would rather take my time and leave comments to encourage others than spend a lot of time writing posts.

    @Miss W (Sue) – I’ve totally enjoyed working with you Sue and am really impressed with how well you are doing and what you’ve learnt. Larry is brilliant and I also love working closely with him.

    @Michele Thanks I owe you so much and I do apprecite all the help and support you have given me and other bloggers.

    @Howard Come on we can take it — let see your posts.

    @Gabriela Thanks you have given me so much support with all my different sites since I first started out — as you have also done for others.

    @gkat (Grace) – thanks for the links to the posts. I’ve dropped past each, read them and left my own comments. They were all excellent articles which I will file away for use on the Edublogger. Hopefully you are using cocomment or co.mment and will see my comments feed through.

    @Cammy thanks – how are you going?

    @Teaching Sagittarian (Chrissy) – thanks for the birthday wishes. I also feel worn out with the thought of the two blogs until people like Alan Levine or Vicki Davis (Cool Cat Teacher) remind me of how many blogs they have. It was an excellent holiday and I’m still trying to catch up.

    @Suzie Thanks for the links. Mobile phones offer so much for education and yet school policies often mean that we can’t use mobile devices with our students. I know in my State the Education Minister wants to ban all mobile devices in schools. The main concerns relate to liability if used inappropriately and chances of students, parents or teachers suing.
    @Inpi I’m glad that I’ve helped with your journey. It makes me sad that writing in English as a blogger makes it hard for readers that English isn’t their first language. I really need to check out what widgets I can add to my blog to make it easier to translate the posts. You have written really well so please don’t stress.

    @Dave Thanks. While people measure success differently — what I value the most is the sense of community and conversations with others. That for me is more important than any other measure.

    @Alex congratulations on your birthday as well — I did drop past to wish you happy birthday. Thanks for your nice words. I’m beginning to think your dad may be the true blogging legend of all of us.

    Sue Waters Reply

  14. Happy blog birthday to this wonderful blogsite. Cannot believe it is only one year old. On appearance it is so much older and wiser. My blogging (well, my personal thoughts) has improved so much due to your help, guidance, tips and resources. So may you have many, many more happy birthdays

    Anne Mirtschin Reply

  15. Anne – thanks for the birthday wishes. I definitely feel older (but not necessarily wiser). I’m glad my assistance and resources has helped you.

    Sue Waters Reply

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