Friday, April 25, 2014

My First Battle With Blogging

I am sitting here, feeling nervous at the prospect of starting my first blog entry. I almost feel like I am on a first date; worried I am going to say the wrong thing, fumble over my words, and possibly make a fool of myself. Maybe I have already started that process. But, after a little reflection I have become comfortable realizing there are four potential reactions to my entry:
1- Someone reads my blog and either enjoys or learns from my entry. 
2- Someone reads my blog and offers a suggestion on how I can improve.
3- Someone reads my blog and critiques it.
4- Someone reads my blog and decides to be hateful.

Realistically, all four of these outcomes can be very positive to me as a blogger. Either I am positively impacting a reader, gaining advice on how to be better, learning my weaknesses as a blogger, or running to my bedroom to hide myself from the world because of a comment that hurt my feelings (oops, maybe that's not positive). In the end, even a hateful post wouldn't bother me. I feel that would have more of a reflection on the person making the comment than on me, the blogger. 

I already feel more comfortable with pressing the "publish" button at the top of this page. 

I hope you enjoyed my first blog. My future blogs will be education-based but I felt like I needed to do this one to make myself feel better.

p.s. People who are here to react to my post with my 1st, 2nd, or 3rd reaction please comment below. People here to react to my post with my 4th reaction, please comment at this website: http://goo.gl/e3dXNr


  1. I love this Derek! Congratulations on creating and publishing your very first post! Whew! I know I felt the exact same way when I decided to take the plunge as well. Hopefully this will be the first of many that sets the stage for continued reflections, sharing, and growth. Way to go!

    1. Julie, I was thinking the same thing. I posted on Twitter to Derek that I thought a great strength is how authentically his voice comes across. It was great to connect with both of you today, and great to visit your blogs.

  2. Julie!! Thank you so much for reading my blog! Your thoughts, and comments already make me excited for entry number 2! I feel I need to slow down on the exclamation marks so you don't think i'm yelling, but I am just so excited to have a comment! haha

  3. Derek, I tried commenting while I was on my iPhone, waiting to pick up my son from baseball practice.I even tried letting him drive as he has his permit, so I could comment. However, the phone is just too small; I like a keyboard. Anyway, enough of the personal, except to point out that PD can happen anytime, anywhere:-) Thank you for setting an example of those of us who are on the fence, about to take the plunge. I look forward to reading your thoughts and exchanging ideas, as I teach 4th grade, too!

  4. Colleen! Even though you had initial troubles, you still came on here and responded to my blog! That means a lot to me! I truly look forward to learning from each other in the future. Anything I can help you with let me know, and I know you will reciprocate that feeling :-)