Man, Steve, did you hit the shooting gallery daylights out of the ducks with this passion-value based blog post. A vigorous nod of the head to you, brother. My brain's cobwebs took a vacation. Crank starting to turn. Lightbulbs going off like fireworks. Thinking. At the risk of offending those filled with good intentions, I offer the following:
STOP BLOGGING BECAUSE YOU'RE A TEACHER (or educator, administrator...)!
Today. 5 minutes ago. Way back when via a comfy time machine with turbo jets.
In fact, I call a BOYCOTT ON ALL BLOGGERS WHO DO SO BECAUSE THEY ARE EDUCATORS (et al).
Because in a few minutes, days, weeks, months, years, it won't matter. The pool will be saturated with edu-bloggers. Not just a few hundred. But a few million. Far more than any of us can filter or listen to or blog link or comment on or care about.
And just because some aggregator offers the ultimate edu-blog filter and RSS feed, or just because Google or Technorati or whomever can take you down the rabbit whole with 'teacher' as your tag, doesn't mean it'll matter.
Teachers College Press has bookshelves that will avalanche atop your head if you really wanted to read the big ideas. But you can't. You don't have time. Never will. Doubt me? Drink from the fire hose. And then tell me when you stopped trying to swallow.
And the same will be true for edu-blogs soon. If not already. Even if you cared enough to try to keep track.
Dump your edu-blog side bar links and feed and whatever else you're using to keep track. Today. Clean it up. Spic-n-Span. My blog included.
With zero. Tabla rasa. Listen to the silence. Go on a edu-blog fast. Figure out what sounds/ideas you'd like to add. Slowly. Overtime. Especially outside the edu-blogger universe. Especially. Intentionally. One cord at a time. One note at a time. One fraction of a symphony at a time.
Forget edu-blog as a tag. Silly business, that. Even if you are an educator and care about education related stuff and want to grab hold of the 2.0 express train before it leaves the station for good.
Instead, start with your passion. Both as a filter and a prompt for writing and commenting and connecting.
Because we are a heartbeat away from the echo chamber being stuffed to the gills with edu-blogger schools of fish and no room to make meaning of it.
So, before the pool drains (and the high dive is closed for the season), focus on passion. Not just the word 'teacher' or 'education' or 'school'. Yes, they are important words.
But the world doesn't need more tennis volleying between edu-semantic base lines. But it does need more passion.
Passionate listeners. Passionate bloggers. Passionate conversations.
Psst. Clean your edu-blog filter. Too much algae to allow for proper backfloating and cannonballs and joy-inducing games of Marco Polo. Mine, included. Mine, especially. (he smiles)