My Blogging Story
I have been blogging for almost three years. I started with “Mr. Sherman’s Blog” which I used to share school related events and news. I strongly believe that blogging is a great way to engage students in writing and publishing, and I feel as if I needed to model this for teachers, students, administrators, and parents. When I added a ClustrMap to the blog, I discovered that some people in other parts of the country and the even the world were visiting. I thought that was really cool.
So, I started to branch out and write about general education topics. Eventually, I became bored with the name of the blog (I mean, Mr. Sherman’s Blog? Yawn.). I changed the name of the blog to The Principal and Interest. After a while, I realized that I was conflicted as I posted on this blog. Should I write about issues that were specific to my school community and that the parents and students might be interested in reading or should I post about my opinions and beliefs regarding teaching, learning, educational technology, and school administration? What about parenting, family life, raising, kids, and marriage? Additionally, I started writing about sports as well. How would I incorporate all of these topics, and who would really care?
In September, 2007 I started a new blog called The Principals Page. I have been using this blog specifically for school-related topics, and I have continued to use The Principal and Interest for general education-related topics. Both of these blogs are owned by my school district and are provided free to the teachers and administrators.
The New Principal and Interest blog
I am excited to be transitioning to this new blog for a couple of reasons. I wanted a place for blogging that I could call my own. I now own the domain for The Principal and Interest, and I am using WordPress to host this blog so that I don’t need to be connected to the school district’s blogging software. I now feel as if I can branch out and write about more topics that interest me as well topics that are principal related (like the blog title suggests). I will continue to write about education related issues, and I will continue to offer my opinions about teaching, learning, and school administration. But now I feel as if I have a little more freedom to write about family, sports, entertainment, and other stuff.
It is possible that nobody really cares about my opinions on education or my family, and I totally understand. This begs the the question “what is the purpose of blogging?” Is it to write what you want to write or to write what people want to read? In other words, do we blog for ourselves or for others?
If you are reading this, I hope you will continue, and if you have a comment or a thought, I hope you will share with me. For the small group of people who have been reading my other blog for a while, I hope you will continue, and I thank you very much.
Happy New Year!