I read something yesterday that said it is boring to blog about blogging. So, my apologies.......
I have conversations daily about blogs, whether it is with blogger friends, blogger coworkers, or friends who read my blog. Blogging is one of the best things I have gotten into in a while. It has gotten me creating some kind of art most days of the week, when it is easier not to. It has made me reflect more on my life, art and teaching. It has helped me to stay in touch with folks that I don't connect with otherwise.
My thinking about this was triggered this afternoon when returning a key to another teacher's room. I do not teach her students and her classroom is far away from mine. And though we are located on the same hallway, I rarely see her. We were chit chatting about how hot our classrooms were and how our students were handling it. She mentioned, "Oh, and you had kindergarten classes today." I looked at her quizically. "How did you know that, J?" "I read it in your blog." And then she laughed. "I know a lot about you from your blog." Wow! (And boy does she have an amazing memory........)
I also know about what's going on all around my school via blog. I know about the goings on in the "cottages," the kindergarten wing, and upstairs on my hallway. Sometimes it helps me not only understand the teacher better, but it helps me to understand their students better. Some children I now teach with more empathy and understanding than I did previously.
And then there are the people I now consider friends who are not teachers. They're friendly folks who share the same interests, values, or senses of humor. It seems so funny to tell PapaMark about things my "blogger friends" have written about and refer to that person as a friend. I probably will never meet these folks, but I am very glad to have them as part of my life.
So Mr. S and Jenny O., thank you for introducing this world to me. It has enriched my days.