Late last year, I was tagged in a blogging meme by my online friend and TeachMeetINL mentor @arjana. She was one educator I did not get to meet face to face on my trip because between us we could not align our stars. But Arjana next time it will happen. Either you come to me or I come to you. I also liked the way she gave me feedback via twitter on my blogging meme.
I have been procrastinating writing and have been doing everything else to avoid updating my reflections. Her tweet was the jumpstart I required.
So I completed the set task and it took me three days to craft as I was away with a mini ipad to write with. I created a draft using notes and played with the idea in between swimming, sleeping and snorkelling.
As soon as I returned to my chrome, I added links and finalised my first post for 2014.
But I still cannot figure why because I posted the entry on our New Years day yet it states that the post happened on New Year’s eve.
11 has been a re-ocurring number for me in 2013 so I laughed at the unusual number. I had spent 11 weeks on a TeachNZ sabbatical and when I trawled a collaborative initiative that was part of my sabbatical output for last year, I identified 11 bloggers who had reflected on their contribution to the TeachMeetNZ project. I did not find it easy nominating virtual friends as who do I chose because I already read so many interesting blogs. For my part, I deviated from Arjana and focussed on New Zealand educators only and from that chose the ones who had reflected on TeachMeetNZ. I have been following the hashtag #bloggingmeme with interest and was excited to read @helenoftroy01 contribution by creating a Blogging Meme Doc to track the blog entries and to avoid a double up or more of being tagged. My initial chart using inspiration pales in comparison.
Those of you who read this and are New Zealand educators, what Helen has also done nicely for me is identify some of you who I will be shoulder tapping for our next TeachMeetNZ virtual session. So be ready. You will end up with a digital badge for your portfolio and a cut 3 minute video to embed on your site.
The Blogging Meme Doc has also been a motivation for me to comment on blogs that people have written. In some ways I do feel responsible for setting the beast loose on the New Zealand tweachers. I am one of those lurkers who have been reading but not commenting as much as I could be.
If you are tagged in twitter, I would like to read about you and may I suggest being like @MFaaeaSemeatu and used her Blogging Meme as a motivation to encourage new bloggers to get started. I also liked the way Manu used google+ so combined two social medias to spread her meme. She tagged her nominated bloggers via google+ and also via twitter.
Anne spread her #magic and responded so fast with her Blogging Meme post like within the same day. From my other nominated bloggers I have 4 who have completed the task after a few days and I will be honest and say ‘Great job’ as it took me all week from when I was tagged.
I have watched @1MvdS in her patient, gentle, persuasive way gently coaxing her Blogging Meme group into writing by giving regular updates on who had completed the task and come on the rest of you.
I enjoyed reading @MsBeenz entry and learning a little more about her and have @Allanahk remind us that this is not the first round that we have had something like this happen.
So no great pressure @hanna_fale @SwanwickC @digitallearnin @phpnz @EmmaWinder25 @emmerw @nzteachnology @hunch_box . We are supposed to be on holiday. I like the way some of you have literally disappeared from twitter but I know it will not be for long.
Anyone else reading this, if you want me to come and read your post and practice giving a comment, do tag me.
Where to next:
I stumbed on this via @FabMomBlog twitter and have made 31 my new challenge number. Don’t worry I will not be tagging anyone to join me but it you want to do let me know. In March 2014 my goal is to write daily. Like Manu, I will tag you to come and give me feedback.
My learning from all this: the 4x C’s
As my SOLOtaxonomy mentors @arti_choke and @ginnynz01 regularly remind me, reflect on the process and don’t just celebrate the product.
Stop procrastinating and just get on with the task. I have made better connections with New Zealand educators because part of the meme asks for 11 facts about you.
Something as simple as this can generate collaboration like the Blogging Meme doc.
We can use other social media in the task and not just twitter to celebrate the product.
What meme could I create to encourage blogging? What ideas do you have?
How to embed a tweet? Thanks to @SchuKnight who willingly shared this little gem.
How to change the date on blogger to reflect current time? Thanks to @annekenn for this other little gem.