After two amazing days I strode out of the Microsoft office in Sydney with my Surface Pro 3 tucked firmly under my arm, flew back to Victoria and my brain started whirring with the possibilities of what I might be able to achieve and where I could take my knowledge this year. Finally I could put it off no more...I needed to start blogging!!
I have not written a blog before today. Not because I was afraid or didn't know how, I simply didn't think I had anything worth saying. And I found the concept of writing for an unknown audience and sending my thoughts into cyberspace forever, strange and somewhat pointless. Perhaps it was the actress in me needing to establish my audience before I began my "performance", but it seemed like a strange thing to do.
I had been mulling over what I could write my first blog about for a good week or more...still not able to decide on anything to write about. One morning I was joking with my husband about the fact that I had gone 'viral' in the UK overnight. Earlier this year I joined a closed Facebook group for Drama Teachers in the UK. I was interested in reading the daily posts and occasionally, amidst the complaints about their government not valuing Arts Education, there would be a useful teaching resource that I would grab and use in a class. This particular morning a teacher had said she was super excited about getting iPads in her classroom next week and was going to start a blog about her iPad / Drama journey for the next 12 months.
Her post caught my interest as I had written a presentation called "iDrama - using ipads in a Drama Classroom" which I presented at a conference two years ago. For the first time since being in this group I wrote a post offering to pass on handouts and other resources from my presentation if anyone was interested. There were LOTS of very interested teachers so I found myself sending numerous emails to teachers on the other side of the world. As I was telling my husband about how happy I was to be able to re-use those notes, as I hadn't presented that particular workshop again, he said "Maybe that's your first blog? You could write about using technology to help you find a new audience for your presentations across the other side of the world." The penny dropped! I finally understood the purpose of blogging! Blogging allows you to constantly find new audiences as you share your knowledge around the world. I needed to start thinking bigger than a state Drama conference and blogging would help me do that. What a clever husband I have!
And so begins my journey as a blogger...and my search for my new audience. Hold on to your hats!