CHANGING MY BLOG FOCUS

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Last night I was up until almost 2:00 A.M. doing something I love.  But I will get back to that in a minute.
During the three plus years that I have been blogging, I have been like a butterfly flitting from blog host to blog host, changing blog themes, what my blog focuses on; trying different software packages, web applications and I have never really settled into a niche that I am truly passionate about.  The one thing that has remained a constant throughout this period is that I love to use and learn more about technology.  When I have written reviews about that subject, they were some of my most read blog posts.
I always dreamed about focusing my blog on how I use and see technology used in the classroom.  However, I always felt intimidated by all the other bloggers out there already writing about technology in the classroom and I didn’t have the confidence to attempt to compete with them in the past.  This morning I finally decided I am going to blog about my views as a “geeky” teacher and I am going to move in that direction with “One Foot In Reality” over the next few months.
It has been said that you should blog about what you are passionate about.  This blog has been mostly about what I do for work – a Special Education teacher at the Junior High School level and Education reform or policy.  When I look at what I am blogging about here objectively, I am not really passionate about Special Education or even Education.  I have strong opinions about both and I am still passionate about helping the children that I work with, but there are too many things about Special Education and Education that I just don’t like or agree with, for me to be passionate about it.
The reality is, when I write about Special Education or Education, it is also what I do for a living and that can be a double-edged sword.  I have a lot of experience in the real world (not the make believe one that some parents, fellow teachers, administrators, lawyers or Edupolicy wonks have) and I have had to censor what I write many times, to be more politically correct than I would like, because I am a practicing Special Educator.  Enough said.
Does this mean that I am going to completely give up writing about Special Education or Education on this blog – no.  If there is something going on that I have a strong opinion about or there is something so fantastically great that I have to share – I will add those thoughts to the conversation.
I will be reviewing the Tech side of education and providing my views of how I think they would or do work in my classroom.  Looking back at my blogging experience it looks as though this change will also fit my personality, which seems to have more than a little “butterfly” in it.  Now I can legitimately justify, what I have always done J.
So what was I doing at 2:00 A.M. – trying to learn a software package that I purchased last week – but if you know me, it actually kind of fits what you would expect from me and why I finally decided to make my dream a reality.
I really wish that I had focused my blog on reviewing technology sooner.

What have you done to make a difference today?

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