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  1. Hi George,

    I totally agree with everything that you have written here. I can’t put into words how beneficial blogging has been for me.

    I wrote a similar post a while agree with many similar tips. We’re clearly on the same page! Having said that, there’s one difference. I actually have many drafts sitting in the vault! Partly because this is where I store my ideas for later posts but also because some of them are unfinished ideas or I’m less confident about the content. Thanks for the encouragement to just ‘push through’ with these. I like your ideas to ask readers for contributions instead. Hope you find value here:
    https://mrhillmusings.com/2017/03/26/finding-time-to-blog/

    Thanks for all that you do! Your blog is a wonderful source of knowledge, ideas and inspiration.

    Best,

    Adam

  2. Grab something out of the drafts folder and polish it up a bit. Something that seems old and familiar to you will be a something new for someone or confirm an idea for them.

  3. I actually jumped back into Twitter and into blogging after I got some feedback about my communication during an interview. The folks I talked with told me what I needed to hear—that my communication got in the way of my ideas and that I needed to work on my communication if I wanted to pursue my goals further. So for me blogging has always been about clarifying the ideas that are rolling around in my head and pushing myself to capture my learning.

  4. I’m a new blogger (thanks to IMOOC) but I love using voice to text in the car. I have lots of time to reflecr while driving- and it’s awesome to just ramble into a recording and then go back and refine the text later. It saves me tons of time and helps me get all my thoughts onto paper.

  5. Hey George,
    Like others, I agree with the advice and value you share about blogging. Silvia Tolisano (langwitches.org) has an excellent series of posts on documentation “as, of, and for” learning. https://goo.gl/Maeihn
    Blogging practices and models the digital contribution desired from our modern learners. Thanks again for these helpful reminders.
    Bob

  6. Hey All,
    I’m fairly new at blogging myself, but I agree with George. If I would have known the effects blogging had on me mentally, I would have started blogging way sooner. The only other thing I try to do is to have conversations with colleagues. Often times, this gives me ideas to write about too…

  7. “Pushing myself to write often and consistently has opened up ideas in my head that I didn’t necessarily know were there until I used writing as a medium to not only express my thoughts but as a tool for learning”

    This is spot on, George. It’s a crazy phenomenon how you can have loose ideas floating around in your head that really only become organised and coherant once you start tapping away on the keyboard (and reading others’ posts and comments).

    This is just one of the reasons I love blogging so much!

  8. Rasha

    I create a file first where I put the titles that I want to explore or expand on. Then every time I thing of anything related to these titles, I get back to the file and add more. Later, I connect everything together and edit the piece.

  9. I agree with your ideas. Another idea that has helped me find blogging inspiration when I felt stuck was to develop a series for my blog- I’ve done an ABC on Reflection, Mentor Text Monday, and a Time Management Series for Leaders. Once I have a broad topic, it helps me add to it regularly.

  10. Hey Pal,

    First, hope you are well and happy — and that the holidays are nothing short of amazing for you. Enjoy that family of yours. It’s special.

    Second, lots of good thinking here — both in your original post and in the comment section.

    Here’s my addition: STOP thinking about blogging as “building an audience.” The only audience that REALLY matters is YOU.

    Blogging is about polishing your own thoughts. Blogging is about making time for regular reflection. If no one reads a word you write except for you, you STILL win.

    Sometimes, people really do place the “share with others” (read: build a huge audience) at the top of their list of reasons to blog — and when no one Tweets their content or leaves a comment or stops by for a view or two, they quit because they think they are failures.

    If we measure our value in views, most of us are going to be discouraged. If we measure our value in time spent reflecting or in ideas changed inside of our own mind, we are far more likely to be persistent.

    I’d blog even if no one ever shared a single post that I wrote. That’s made it easier for me to persist.

    Anyway….Thanks for letting me think alongside you.

    Rock on,
    Bill

    • This is such an important point- I might have the same thoughts as I would if I wasnt blogging, but I wouldn’t be refining them or making as many connections to other content/ideas. It’s such a valuable learning tool!

  11. Zoraida Harley

    I am new to blogging. I found this article inspiring and incorporated several of your suggestions such as: turning off notifications, using my notes app to jot down thoughts, and have begun to share ideas or quotes on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Thank you for this information.

  12. 1. Take lots of photos in class if you’re a teacher. And screenshots. They help illustrate your lesson activity in the blog post.
    2. Reread your own blog posts about past activities when reusing that activity; the reflection helps remind me what I wanted to change to make it better the next time.
    3. Blog even the everyday “unsexy” lessons; Ts out there are hungry for ideas, something old hat to you will be earth shattering to someone else.
    Thanks George!

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