Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Reaching a milestone . . .

When I first started blogging I had no idea that I would sustain through six years.  My first post in August of 2007 was about a book I shared at our Leadership Retreat and an article by Tony Wagner that I later used to support our leadership journey.  I made the decision to start blogging based on a recommendation from Kimberly Allison and can still remember reading her comment to that first post.

Kimberly said...
Well done, Mike! I look forward to reading future posts. Knowing what you're reading and thinking helps reinforce my own (and, I would imagine, others') learning and thinking. I tried to subscribe to your feed, but I think it might be locked--just an fyi. 

Yes, I did have to open up the blog for readers to add it to their RSS feeder and I now have 83 members.  Not a lot, but more than I ever thought possible for me.  So, why share this today?  Because this is my 1000th post, a milestone I never thought I would meet and something to celebrate.  Thanks to those of you that subscribe and for those of you that think my posts are worthy of your time to read.

And, a big THANKS to Kimberly for the gentle push - it has been a rewarding and a learning experience for me.


Scott Mitchell said...

Mike, your blog posts have inspired myself and others to think about things that I would have otherwise not come across or given the time of day to. Your insights on the state of education, leadership, and building capacity in a system are unique and is a vulnerable move for a person in your position. I think it says a lot about you as the leader of our system and we are fortunate to be able to hear your perspectives, 2-3 times a week. I have your blogged linked and sent to my feeds, I check your site daily for an update just to see what is new. Thank you for doing this, we are lucky and I hope that your thoughts will not disappear next summer.

issaquahwa said...
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issaquahwa said...

Thanks so much for openly sharing your thinking and your journey as an educator. It is always interesting even when I disagree with you.

I'm with Scott. I hope that in the future you will continue blogging. Maybe it will be freeing when you're only representing yourself and not the Tahoma School District. Consider sharing your opinions about not only education but also other important topics.

Congratulations on these two big milestones. I think that you are using blogging in exactly the right way. I'll keep reading even when you are no longer my boss.

Amy Adams

Nikki said...

Congratulations Dad! I enjoy your blog, and often find myself on here from time to time. You have always been an inspiration and much of where I am today has been built off the foundation you provided.