Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Why I blog...

I received this email today,

I am a brand new, first year teacher over at Mason.  I just wanted to let you know that I always read your blog and navigate around to find new things for my second graders to do on the computers during center times, computer lab times, and free choice times.  I really appreciate the time you put into developing and updating your blog.  At just 23 years old I am a technology advocate in my classroom and am not afraid to use it!  Anyways, I'm sure you wonder sometimes if anyone is even looking at it for all the work you put in.  Just wanted to let you know I am!

I was late with my Tech Tuesday update this week. I sent it out at 7pm on Tuesday. I was just having a busy day and it slipped my mind. I thought about not sending it out this week. I didn't receive a single email from anyone in the district wondering where the update was, so I assumed nobody missed it. According to my analytics, around 60 people read my school tech blog. That's less than 10% of the staff in my district. This email reminded me why I do what I do. I didn't start the blog to change all of the teachers, just to help the ones that want to learn. I will be keeping this email with the collection of nice parent/student emails and letter to remind me of why I blog and teach.

If you are a teacher and you enjoy the blogs and tech pieces you read, please let the authors know through the comment portions of their blog, by sending them a tweet or send them an email. As you know, compliments go a long way for teachers.

Have a great day everyone!



  1. 10% of your district staff reading your blog is really good. I doubt anyone in my district reads my blog regularly.

  2. Nick, the Title I folks tell us that if we get 10% participation in parent events, that is good. So keep on, keepin' on! The occasional concrete evidence serves to remind us that we *do* make a difference for people. :)

  3. I follow you on twitter and emailed your saved by the bell blog to every teacher in my building that knows that show. You do great things, keep it up! Following you and others keeps me motivated in a district that keeps the tech man down! Your tips, hints, and ideas help give me new ideas to try.


    Brian (HS Biology in Bergen County, NJ)

  4. Agree, agree, agree! Comments mean so much to a blogger.
    Also, I am impressed that it is 10% of your district reading. Keep going, those 10% will wear down the others with their talk of your awesomeness.


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