|Churning butter...not too exciting, eh?|
An email came into my inbox yesterday evening as I slept, excitedly, happily exhausted from the roller-coaster ride of the last week (more on that in another blog post to appear tonight). The question is one I hear time and again from people who read this blog, stumble into my archive of published writing, and is worth responding to.
How [are] you able to focus yourself to be able to write so much? The emails I get on your updates are as regular as it gets. I’m trying my best to blog this year and consider myself a pretty good writer. I could never churn out what you do (at least now I couldn’t).
Churning butter, as the image shown right implies, doesn’t seem that exciting. Neither is “churning out blog entries,” as I imagine some professors who assign students to do while reading my blog. Thank goodness, I’m not churning blog entries out! Rather, I keep an expedition journal.
…you provide a lot of useable information and because it is in your blog, I know that when our district is able to afford the tools you are using now, the information about implementation, best tips, pitfalls, etc. is cataloged within your blog so I can go to it to research how best to proceed. Keep up the good work.
|My EverNote Curation Buckets, shown far left|
Some of the ways I manage that tidal wave of tweets and terrific info include using tools like Icerocket.com’s Twitter Search, EverNote.com, Diigo.com for highlighting content for MyNotes, and a robust social network to share anything I bookmark, read, “like” or “share” in GoogleReader. Believe it or not, anything I read online or, write gets shared in some way or another…it’s just easier to do that than email, print, and walk stuff to people or archive it for myself.
|My opening screen in GoogleReader…all that gets starred is shared.|
Working with young writers, I learned that everything we do is grist for the mill, all we experience in a day can teach us if we only stop to reflect. When I began blogging, the mill started to work more, and the need for more to feed it increased. At some point, I realized that I only blog a fraction, a bare fraction of what I’m learning and experiencing. The secret of blogging is that EVERY experience you have, reflect on, connect to, and share via your neural net…captures people’s interest and attention.
The network connects us. The network changes us. – Larry Johnson
|Source: Expedition Journal keeping – http://goo.gl/Rsp3K|
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