Let’s state something right up front: I have neglected this blog. This year brought a major change in my position at work and in struggling to get my feet back under me, I put the blog to the side. I had already been struggling to balance time between my blog, social networking, my kids, my job, and all of my other responsibilities, and something had to give for a while.
I am continually amazed at several of the bloggers I follow. Many post at least once a day, some up to 4-5 times a day. Where do they find the time? I know that time is relative and that you will make time for the things that you want to make time for, but still, I’m not sure I could compete.
As a new blogger, I thought I had to compete. I exhausted myself and burned out, then neglected to update at all. Vicki Davis recently posted Globally Connected…Personally Disconnected? When I read it, I was relieved that she was human too, lol. I met Vicki briefly at the google Teacher Academy and have always admired her efforts in edtech, but she seemed a little more than human. All of the wonderful activities she plans for students, writing a book, daily blogging, and all of the other things she does of which I am not aware; I always wondered how she still had time to do all of the things she talked about doing with her family. I admit, I was a bit jealous because I couldn’t find a balance.
I decided to make this post a sort of Professional New Year’s Resolution- a week or so early.
- This year I will try to post at least weekly to my blog. I would set a goal for more often, but I need to set it at something I can realistically do.
- I will try to use at least one new tech tool each week. I have been putting so many great sites on my delicious account and haven’t used many of them.
- I will try to stay on top of my RSS feeds. I get so many GREAT ideas from the blogs I follow and I need to read them more often. At one point, I had over 1000 feeds I hadn’t read. I recently deleted all and started fresh. I am staying on top of it so far.
- I will try to be more open minded in my teaching. I notice that lately I have been letting the textbook lead the teaching, instead of letting the students lead it. I know how to let the students lead, I used to do this, but lately I have been in a bad rut, and my resolution is to get out of that rut.
- Continue to search out other professional development opportunities- the learning should never end.
Those are my professional goals for 2010, what are yours?