The Benefit of “Sticking With It”

    In April 2010, I wrote my first blog post. I am almost at the ten-year mark, and I have published over 1700 posts in that time.
    The sole purpose of starting this blog was to understand how students could use this medium for learning in their education. In short, I didn’t want to skip to the teaching without doing the learning.  But in the process of actively reflecting through a blog, I started to love the process. It pushed me and challenged me to put my thoughts together, and I know that no one has benefitted from this process more than I have. I hope that others have benefitted from articles here and there, but I know that doing this has helped my learning tremendously.
    But it wasn’t just sharing my thoughts on education and learning that has had an impact through this space.  I shared personal experiences like the loss of my dog Kobe and then my dog Shaq, on losing my dad, and then becoming a father myself I go back and read these posts often, and I like the thought that my daughter can go back and read them at some point.  The people reading it were probably able to know me better by sharing these personal stories, but writing these posts helped me get to know myself.
    Why am I bringing this up?  My focus in this space has often been on “innovation,” being open to change, and having a willingness to try new things.  But we have to show the value to our students and our selves that there is something truly powerful in sticking with things over time. Doing consistent work over a period of time, even if it is the same thing, can also will help us grow.  If you want to become better at anything, you need to do it over and over again.
    If you want to become better at reflection and get more value from it, you have to reflect continuously.
    Although this space is the same as it was years ago, I have used it differently. I used to write posts for others. I now write posts for myself, and hopefully, others will benefit.
    Trying and creating new things is great. But sticking through with some of the “old things” can have a significant impact as well.

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