Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Blogging for Connection

I've heard some more popular bloggers lament recently that they missed the olden days.  The days when blogging was more about writing and making connections and leaving comments.  They say that now that they have partnerships, sponsorships, and that they have branded themselves they have to blog for those purposes more often than the original reasons they started blogging.  This made me so sad that they saw those as the old days - for so many of us that have been blogging for a long time (it will be five years for me in February) those wonderful days of connecting with people across the blogosphere are still very much in the present.

Although I'd like to take my blog to the next level, reach a wider audience, and provide information via product reviews, I never, ever want to lose the time or opportunity to simply stumble across another blog or even worse, lose the time for commenting.  Even if I don't post a blog for weeks, I never stop reading and commenting.

I was cleaning out some e-mail today and found a comment that someone left on my blog last year during NaBloPoMo.  I followed her link and look at what I stumbled across:

I'll quote here and link to her blog.

I Want to Tell the Truth When I Grow Up

Studying early childhood education as an undergrad, I attended a conference where the following question was posed.
What do you say to parents or administrators who ask what you're doing to "prepare young children for school"?
 When I heard the answer the speaker gave, I gasped, and knew what I wanted to be when I grew up.
I like to say: If you knew that, in a year or so from now, there would be a famine across the entire earth, and there wouldn't be enough to eat ...
... would you start starving yourself now?
I want to be someone who can say things like this out loud, in a professional setting. Getting paid for it will just be the icing on the cake. 

I love that story - it so adequately sums up what I think about early childhood education and how I want my children to be taught.  More than that, I love that someone else out there in the world thinks the same way I do about things !

Blogging (and my friend Elaine) has gotten me some free movie tickets, some free stationary, and some free cupcakes.  I am grateful for those opportunities and I hope to get the chance to review more products in the future.  But mostly I blog because I like making a connection.  I like knowing that there are others out there thinking deeply and writing about it.  With my IRL friends who blog, reading their blogs keeps me in touch with their kids and their lives even when we don't see each other as often.

I've got some cool posts coming up in the next few weeks, the least of which will be a little 5th Anniversary celebration !

See you around the internets


Unknown said...

What an apt description of high-stakes preschool. The next step is to stop making school like a famine.

Katy said...

Hey, that's me! :) You left me a kind comment on that post, and I have been meaning to check back in here--I didn't even realize I left you a comment last year, but I'm glad you followed up! And then, in a funny turn of events, your FB page with THIS post came up in the little ticker thingy and I just happened to see it and click!

And, somewhat related, somewhat random (but since you like early childhood ed), it just so happens that I JUST finished designing my website for my own nursery school that I'm opening in my house next fall. I usually don't mix my anonymous blog w/any real name links, but what the heck! I like that you're blogging for connection! Here's the link for my new nursery school:

I will come back and read here again, and I hope to return to my blog again at some point (I am a very inconsistent blogger). I also could not agree more with the commenter above who says the next step is to stop making school like a famine! I hope to see that happen. Just takes a whole lot of us to change our minds!

Thrift Store Mama said...

Katy, On your website, you mentioned Regio-Emilia, Waldorf, and Montessori in the same blog post !!! My sister is a Regio trained teacher, I love many things about Waldorf and have observed in their classrooms and spent time reading about them, and Beezus and I took a parent-child Montessori class when she was a toddler.

See, this, THIS RIGHT HERE is why I blog.

Love it !!!

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