Forget Searching for Time. Where are the ideas?
Back in October, as part of Connected Educator Month, I set a goal to focus on being a better blogger. This involved focusing on the technical aspects of learning the WordPress platform, reading and then reading more, and doing more writing.
I may not be a better blogger but I sure I have pressed the publish button more this year than in my entire seven year history as an educational blogger.
I am honored that friends and colleagues now seek me out for advice. The biggest questions other writers have usually revolve around two elements. Where do I find the time? Where do I find the ideas?
I find the time by integrating blogging into my instruction, scholarship, and service. I want to model for my students the power of open learning and reflective practice. I want to push my thinking by writing in public. I focus on content that teachers and researchers in the field need. I do not need to find time. I am doing my job (please note like all teachers I am often crushed under the weight of my to do list).
The ideas do not come as easily. You have to find inspiration in strange places. I look to my kids, my students, recent twitter chats, my rss feed, Google+. I try to rein-vision thinking from other fields into educational settings.
If you approach blogging with a flexible and open mindset the ideas will edventually follow.
This post and the video above came almost verbatim from an email exchange with Dr. Kristy Pytash. She helps to moderate the #walkmyworld project and wants to up her blogging game. The script for the movie, except for the line about carving time for manuscripts, is verbatim from our email exchange. If you allow it ideas can come from anywhere.
Blogging like all writing does not come easily but we do not suffer from writerss block. We just have not developed strategies to generate ideas and formulate our thoughts. Look across your digital landscape and you will find yourself swimming in inspiration. Connect writing to your practice and you will come to see blogging not as something extra to squeeze in but part of the routine that improves your life and the lives of your students.