I wrote my first blog post four years ago. I was going back into teaching primary kids after years of working at non profits and middle school ELA. I didn't know much about blogging. I read other people's blogs and copied them or followed along.
After the first year, I realized how online communities work. I noticed that the more I commented on blogs, the more I gained followers and commenters. I asked a blogger friend to create a blog format that was recognizable and true to who I am. Thanks to Barbara Leyne, I've had a blog that is instantly noticed and loved. She and I have become friends who hope to meet in real life for sure.
Throughout my four years of blogging, I've met a few of my online friends in real life. I've also learned massive amounts about education, technology, poetry, books, and writing from every person who takes the time to blog and share what they know online.
Some of my favorite posts
Some of my favorite bloggers
I have loved blogging. I've been changed by blogging and by the many connections I have made, but I know it is time for me to move on from this blog. I want to write more and get paid for it. I am hoping to use my new learning to help me create a life for myself I've only dreamed of.
So thank you all. I hope you know how much you've meant to me. I hope I'll follow you through google plus and blog hopping. I know you'll be in my heart and my mind forever.