Dangerously Irrelevant was six months old last week. It has been a non-stop learning journey.
Like Pete, I too have been pleased with the warm welcome extended to me by more established bloggers. As I have come to understand this communication medium better (by participating, not just reading!), my understanding that there are a bazillion blogs out there with interesting things to say has increased significantly. This is dangerous to an incessant learner such as myself. It's very, very tempting to try and spend hours each day reading, dialoguing, and discovering.
We all make important decisions about which blogs to read. We pick and keep what resonates with us. Sometimes we get overwhelmed and have to blow out our RSS aggregators and start over. Here's how I choose what I read:
- I rarely read blogs that are focused on classroom instruction. Not because they don't have interesting things to say, but because there simply are too many of them and because my focus is leadership. I started blogging at Dangerously Irrelevant because I wanted to try out blogging and because I felt there was a leadership orientation that often was missing from what I read in the education blogosphere. I have come to the pleasant realization that there are more leadership types out there than I originally believed, and I tend to read them and others that are dealing with school-, district-, state-, or federal-level leadership and policy issues.
There was a thread floating around a while ago about how we think about our writing. At the risk of maybe starting another such chain, it would be fun to hear from others about how they choose who and what they read.
I am deeply honored that so many of you feel I am a voice worth hearing. Thank you for dedicating some of your precious time and aggregator space to Dangerously Irrelevant.
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