A question of stagnation…

Question: How long can you not do something, yet still consider your past habit as a part of who you are? I don’t mean anything like battling an addiction for the rest of your life. No, I mean something more along the lines of blogging.

This is the view from Nakashuk School out over Northmart. Winter sun at its best!

I’m in Iqaluit this week for professional development workshops with the college and, though I could write about the fact that we got in 16 hours late due to a broken landing gear grounding us in Rankin and a bumpy milk-run through Coral Harbour, I’m going to focus on something else in this post.

So, yes, blogging. I started when I moved north about 3 years ago as Pangnirtung Bound. I remember racing to get to my computer to upload my pictures and get them out to everyone – wrapped, of course, in my random thoughts. The inevitable follow-up activity was to surf through other blogs – reading, learning, sharing. When it comes to certain geographical quirks, the world can feel so empty yet so full at times!

I’ll always remember the first time I was ‘blogspotted’. I was in Iqaluit for a birthday celebration, and someone at the next table hesitantly leaned over and said, “You’re Pangnirtung Bound, right?” Then she turned to my friend and continued with, “and you’re Newbie in the North“. Someone I hadn’t even met knew me and had a connection with me. It’s a pretty amazing turning point in a blogger’s evolution. It starts with being amazed that someone is actually reading then balloons into something so much more.

When I was transferred to Qikiqtarjuaq, I redirected all everyone to Just Qik’in Around. When I started getting a few new readers, I decided I wanted to change my format…dropped blogger, signed up with wordpress, and bought a domain name. This site is basically built to incorporate future experiences…it’s not tied to one community by the url…it’s just tied to me!

But what happened? Blogging used to be a way for me to share and grow as a person. I know it’s not for everyone, but neither is skydiving, right? I was reminded of that today in one of our sessions. One of my colleagues has started with a blog to help partner her class with our extended program contacts at the University of Regina; and she was sharing he experience with us…it’s a very organic process. I know she’s a bit shy, but her entries have made me re-evaluate my own. You can find Ainsley, my friend in Pond Inlet, here.

Anyway, shame on me for dropping the ball on this front. How can I possibly ask my students to be consistent in something just because I once was. No, I can’t claim to know much about “life-long learning” if I let things like this blog stagnate. I’m orienting myself with VoiceThread and hope to post something in that format in the near future.

Hmmm…almost 2 in the morning here. I no longer refer to this time as ‘the witching hour’…it should officially be renamed ‘the blogging hour’ (at least in my journal). It’s exhausting to move through time zones while trying to absorb as much content as possible, but I’m happy to have had the opportunity.


One comment

  • Well that’s the interesting thing with blogging — they don’t really stagnate. Many of the ways that people consume blogs are passive (e.g., Google Reader). I follow blogs that may have a post once every few years, but when one does come in I will see it / read it. The model isn’t for someone to continually visit the blog site (although that happens at times), but rather have the updates pushed to the viewers.

    Another option to up the ante is to have certain categories for quick quips (kinda like tumblr). Forcing yourself to say something (anything) once every day means that some days you’ll be inclined to write a little more.

    Keep in mind, all this is coming from a guy with 3 outdated blogs that I intend on writing to again ;).

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