By 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
I 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.
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 🙂 .
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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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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