Blogging 28

I started this blog several years ago in the fall of 2010. It was all new for me and my junior high students. We gradually learned to blog, thanks to the Kick Start Your Blogging Challenge from Edublogs and the biannual Student Blogging Challenges. It was great and we made lots of connections.

When I came to Bahrain, I blogged less and less. I’m not sure why. Is blogging losing popularity? Am I too busy? Has my blog become too politicized instead of education-based? Did I move too far away from my connections, who are mostly in the US and Canada? I don’t know why.

Anyway, when I saw Simon Justner‘s tweet about a January challenge to get my blog going again, I paid attention:

I think I’ll give it a try. I do want to sow more seeds of kindness, love, learning, and creation in 2019, so blogging can be a place to share about what is going on in my life.

I like this “bite-sized challenge” as Kathleen described it.

Bite-sized is good. I can do it, and I hope some of my friends–old and ones I’ve yet to meet–will join in as well.

9 thoughts on “Blogging 28

  1. Nice kick off to your blogging challenge! Going to check out the #blogging28 to see what’s happening.

  2. Hi Denise,

    I’m so glad to hear you’re keen to get back into blogging. I’ve always enjoyed following your work!

    Sometimes I feel at a bit of a loss as to what direction my own blogging is going too. And a few years back I didn’t blog for a few years when I had my children. But now I’m more into it than ever! So I think a break and returning with renewed enthusiasm can work well.

    Perhaps you’ll join us for the March Student Blogging Challenge too.

    It was interesting to note about your PLN being more Nth American based too. Are you permanently settled in Bahrain now? Or is that up in the air?


    1. Thank you, Kathleen, for stopping by. Yes, I do think the break will have done me good. I saw a nice post by Gail Desler that made me realize connecting has just changed its look over the years. Blogging as a digital footprint guardian, digital filing cabinet, and place to make learning visible are all really good reasons to continue to blog.

      I will be in Bahrain for a couple more years, until my husband’s retirement, then back to California. I’ve made different kinds of connections here with some serious educators, but not many bloggers.

      Thanks again,

  3. Hi Denise,

    I’m glad we found each other from this blogging challenge! So interesting that you are teaching in Bahrain … I look forward to hearing more about the similarities and differences between education in North America and in Bahrain! I took a peak at your About page and it sounds like you’ve had a wonderful mix of experience. I love how you talk about learning right along with them. I felt the same way when my daughter was in school. She’s 27 now, and we are enjoying a new chapter together with her as a full-time career woman, but I still look back very fondly when I was able to look at education as a parent and educator concurrently.

    I look forward to more learning and sharing!

    1. Thank you, Theresa,
      Differences and similarities of teaching in North America and Bahrain would be a good blog post idea to add to my list today. It’s amazing I haven’t stopped to really reflect on that in writing. It’s a topic that confronts me daily as I make my way through a new educational culture. Thanks!

      I will look forward to learning with you, as well.

  4. I liked the way Gail put it too, Denise. I also find it interesting to reflect on the fact that outside of the education world, blogging in various forms is bigger than ever.

    I bet your time in Bahrain has been very eye opening. I think it’s wonderful you’ve embraced an adventure like that!


    1. Thank you, Kathleen, for encouraging me in this #blogging28 adventure. I am glad to revisit the blogosphere connections. Like Gail and others have said, it’s also OK to write for oneself, and I’ve been satisfied to do that too. This will be good.

      Yes, I’ve loved my time in Bahrain. The people and culture are amazing. (It was our first time traveling out of north America, believe it or not.)


  5. Hi Denise

    I think the key is working out what you want to share. My personal blog is a combination of sharing information to help others, random posts about my personal interests and a website where I document my passions. I like having everything in one location. It’s also nice when a random post takes you somewhere you didn’t expect! I was contacted on Facebook by the daughter of an author I mentioned in a post about my family history. The author eventually contacted me and it was good to connect.


    1. Sue,
      Thanks for stopping by. I will be spending time focusing on what I want my blog to be during the challenge.

      Nice story about connecting with the author through your post.

      All the best,

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