This weekend, I decided to give my blog a facelift. More than just an updated look, this change marks an important shift in my thinking about my blog. Since my first post in January 2010, I have written my blog for me and me alone. Even during those semesters when we were asked to comment on other students’ blogs, I never imagined as I was writing that the audience was anyone other than me. But as I am now making a concerted effort to grow my personal learning network (PLN) and starting to feel as though I might have interesting things to add to the conversation, I hope that some in my PLN will find my blog and, dare I say, comment on a post or two!
In addition to the new visual theme, I’ve added a couple of pages. One is “About me” which is a pretty standard kind of introduction about what I do and why I blog. Hmmm… actually, it doesn’t say why I blog… mental note to make that edit soon. As I’ve been adding to my PLN and checking out interesting blogs, the about me page (or some variation of it) tends to be a page I look at to see what I can surmise about the author and his/her motivation for writing the blog. I thought it only fair to offer the same consideration to anyone checking out my blog.
The other page I added was one I called “The best of…”, and it includes links to pinnacle writings from most of the classes I’ve taken in the M.Ed. program so far. (I’m still working to find the right writings for some classes.) These papers and projects demonstrate the breadth and depth of my thinking and include topics I’ve not covered in my blog. While it is true that part of the reason I added this page was because my blog is supposed to be an e-portfolio of all my work during the program, I must fess up to a more selfish (maybe even egotistical) reason, too. I think they’re pretty damn good papers, and I would be tickled pink if somebody read them and thought so, too.
The final substantive change I made over the weekend was to change the website link listed on my Twitter account. When I first established my presence on Twitter, I was out of work and not yet enrolled in this program, but I was a Board member of Southeastern Virginia Golden Retriever Rescue, Education, and Training, so I decided to give the rescue a plug and list that website. Now that I’m using Twitter as a major avenue for building my PLN, I realize I need to give myself the shout-out instead. Oh look, there I go being selfish again! But a little self-promotion might be just what I need.
“To establish oneself in the world, one does all one can to seem established there already.”
François de La Rochefoucauld
French Essayist (1613 – 1680)
[Quotation sourced from quotes.dictionary.com]