26 January 2008

Millennial Milestone

One-thousand posts. Wow.

I wish I had something profound to share for this particular post. As I've seen its possibility creeping up, I wondered what I should do to mark the milestone. The number would appear to deserve some consideration, but the simple fact is that I'm a bit awed by it. I can't claim that the previous 999 posts contained fine literature or earth-shattering revelations---anymore than I know what lies ahead for the next 1000 or so. What I can say is that the record of my career that I've constructed here is one of the most meaningful experiences I've had as an educator. We talk a good talk in education about the need for reflecting on our work and constructing meaning, but most teachers don't get the time or opportunity to actually do this. Classroom work is a constant barrage of planning and evaluating and a million small decisions each day. Who has time to think about what happened today when tomorrow will be here with all new problems to deal with? Without my blog, I don't think that I would have grown the way I have as a professional in these last few years. It has made me look at my beliefs and practices as an educator with a depth I never made time for in previous years. In short, to steal from "As Good As It Gets," this experience has made me want to be a better teacher.

I wish I could say that I remember all of my posts. I don't. I have to go back and read through the archives now and then. Some things make me cringe while others bring smiles of remembrance. A few times, the intervening time period has brought some understanding or resolution to a problem I had. There are posts which are more popular with "teh Googles" than others---especially the ones with a double entendre in the header, While I'm certain that those readers were frustrated and disappointed with their choice in clicking a link to here, perhaps others have been able to find some quiet companionship or help in checking to see what's fresh (nearly) each day. My main goal is to write for myself, but my hope is that others can gain from these experiences, too.

I am neither the eldest nor the most prolific edublogger out here. I'm hardly unique in the sea of the edusphere---and I haven't a clue as to whether or not there will be a bigger, better thing than blogging for connecting with people 1000 posts on. I was on-line for the early days of bulletin boards and listservs on the internet and would not have imagined blogging 15 years ago. This form of communication may well be outdated a few years from now (if it isn't already), although I hope that the record will live on in some form or another.

In the meantime, I'll still be here. I'll still be writing and creating. I still plan to have many new experiences to share. I'm not dead yet, even if the number of posts is older than Methuselah. Stick around for the next millennial milestone, eh?


Tom Brandt said...

One thousand blog posts is truly a feat of endurance and persistence. If you hadn’t had the ability to post onto a blog for the entire world to see, would you have written so much?

In the “olden days” people kept diaries. Maybe they still do. I have been reading a book with the title Ten years in Japan by Joseph C. Grew, US Ambassador to Japan 1932-1942. It is a record drawn mostly from the diary he kept during his tenure in Japan. The diary was private until he elected to have it published.

Blogs are intended to be public on a daily basis. This has been possible of course because of the internet. I think blogs as a form of communication will continue into the foreseeable future.

Keep up the good work. Being able to communicate in meaningful ways via the internet is important for the writers as well as the readers.

The Science Goddess said...

I find something very satisfying in putting pencil to paper---and believe that many others do as well. I don't picture those sorts of personal diaries ever going out of style---especially considering how easily electronic ones can be stolen or corrupted.

Still, I think that blogs have their place. The opportunities to have a public space for collaboration are welcomed and appreciated by a lot of people, including you.