Be careful what you wish for

New blogger Jon Becker lamented in his blog a few days ago

“It’s as if folks like Will Richardson, David Warlick, Wes Fryer, Vicki Davis, Dean Shareski, Stephen Downes, Chris Lehmann…(and, yes, you Scott) are having an awesome cocktail party conversation and I’m standing on the outside staring over their shoulders and listening in, trying to get a word in, but not penetrating that conversation at all. I know there are LOTS of us on the outside looking in. “

Since then, there has been flurry of activity on the blogosphere and twitter about why do we blog, technorati rankings, numbers of comments, who is our audience and the idea of an exclusive cocktail party.

Obviously it has touched a nerve of many people including some of those listed above but more importantly the questions posed asks each one of us to reflect on why DO we blog. Are we in it for the glory, the popularity, the ratings … or is it something deeper, more reflective .. personal.

I am the only computer teacher in the small high school where I teach. I loved the ongoing discussions during my Masters of Educational Technology online program at Pepperdine and longed for that type of interaction with my own staff – but honestly – only a handful were enthusiastic about technology and “spoke my language”. I have connected with other tech teachers in my area and found a home online with other educators who are also passionate about technology.

I began this blog last summer and use it to document what I am learning and share resources with my friends. I am amazed how many times I tell someone “Oh, I just blogged about that” and then show them my blog and additional resources.

I read a lot more blogs than I do actually writing. I am finding my voice and absorbing so much through Classroom 2.0, twitter, Ed Talk Talk conversations and so on.

Personally I like to meet interesting people at cocktail parties. I’d like to join more often in the conversation but for now – I am happy to just be listening and giving my input when I feel comfortable.

Thanks for the conversation Jon. It’s been interesting and I’m glad that you’ve learned a lot about yourself and blogging along the way.

3 Replies to “Be careful what you wish for”

  1. This is great. I was thinking of myself as someone on the outside listening in, but realized that’s not a bad thing. I was fortunate to meet some of the people I follow at the WEMTA conference last month. I sure was nice to put a real face to the blogs and tweets! If I make it to NECC, I would like to do more of that.

  2. @ChadL – I love putting a face to a “name” that I have only known online. Sometimes my impressions are off but its funny how much of our personality comes through through our writing and twitter posts

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