Celebrate: Blogging #celebratelu

celebrate link up

Ruth Ayres hosts a weekly celebration at her blog. I appreciate this invitation to reflect on the positives of my week.

It’s fitting that my 400th blog post comes on a Celebration Saturday. 400 isn’t really a traditional number to celebrate, like 100 or 500, but it’s a nice big round number, and there is much to celebrate about blogging, so I am marking the occasion.

I started blogging before I had any kind of community online, before I had any readers besides my mom (thanks, Mom, for always reading my stuff), before I knew what I actually wanted to write about. I started blogging because I wanted to write more regularly and, especially, because I wanted to invite more reflection into my life and work. And I do celebrate that blogging keeps me writing and reflecting.

But what I love most about blogging is the community it connects me to–the Monday What Are You Reading group; the Tuesday slicers; the Wednesday Nonfiction Picture Book reviewers; and of course, the Celebrators. I look forward to reading and commenting on posts by these bloggers every week, and I look forward to interacting with them on my blog. Thanks to the bloggers in my PLN, I always know what book I’m going to read next, I have more ideas for blog posts than I ever have the time to write, and I know where to turn for expert teaching advice.

Here’s to the next 400 posts!


14 responses to “Celebrate: Blogging #celebratelu”

  1. So I was curious and wondered what you first wrote about. What was your first post on? So I went back as far as your archives took me, November, 2012. What a treasure trove, writing advice from John Green, Vegas haiku and the 17 word synopsis of your NCTE 2012 experiences! I stopped there because I wanted to think awhile about the ideas from those posts. Thank you for continuing to write and share. It is inspiring how you encourage your students and love your sons!

    • Thanks for taking the time to poke around in the archive! I still like that post on writing advice from John Green’s dad! NCTE 2012 inspired me to join Twitter AND start a regular blogging habit.

  2. I’m certainly happy to have read most of those 400 posts, Julieanne, & they are always enlightening! Congratulations! I celebrate every 100, seems like a wonderful milestone to me. 100 ‘posts’ is a lot of words. At an average of 500 words, that’s 200,000 words, & probably a lot more! It’s a pleasure to be in the groups in which you share.

  3. Wow 400 posts! That deserves a celebration, a congratulations, a high five and heck, might as well add fireworks! All of the communities you mentioned where what inspired me to blog and keep me writing. Here’s to many more posts!

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