The Next Chapter

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This update is long overdue, and it could be a long update. But, as the old adage goes, better late than never. I have neglected this blog for a while but I don’t want it to just gather digital dust. So, without further ado, here are the reasons why things have been so quiet around here…

Exploring New Platforms

I never stopped writing. I just wrote somewhere else. This year I spent a lot of time writing on Medium. I felt like I had more freedom on Medium to write about things that I might not normally post about on this website.

However, the irony of that is not lost on me. It’s my blog, so I can write whatever I want to write about, right? Well, kind of.

This blog developed a niche over the years. Edtech was my passion and made up so much of who I was as a person. Yet, there were other things I was interested in and in some ways, I felt like I wrote myself into a corner.

I needed a creative outlet. Medium was that outlet.

I have a long and storied history of writing online. I’ve written for PC World, Scholastic, Hubpages, and a number of other platforms that don’t even exist anymore. Medium was just another stop on that journey, or so I thought.

In reality, I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. When you write a blog like this, you are one person sending things out to the void. Medium, on the other hand, has a community of readers and writers that share and comment on your work without you even having to promote it.

If you join the Medium Partner Program, you will be paid for the articles you write. You are also incentivized when you refer people to Medium with a referral link. I don’t make a lot of money on Medium, but I do make some.

This blog generates next to no money and I still have to pay for web hosting and a domain name every 12 months so Medium has helped to pay for that, albeit at the expense of writing more here.

New Job. New Focus.

This summer, I got a new job. After more than a decade of work that was focused on integrating technology in the classroom, I felt that it was time for a change. In short, I wanted a new challenge.

Thankfully, an opportunity arose at the company where I already work, so on July 1, I transitioned from a Digital Learning Consultant to a Student Information System (SIS) Consultant. I now support districts across the state of Iowa with their Infinite Campus needs.

A new job meant new learning, new challenges, and a new team. It was time-consuming, and although you might think it should be easy to move from one department to another, it wasn’t. It was messy.

However, things are great now. I love my new position and the people I get to work with. Earlier this year when I began to wonder what else was out there, this is exactly the kind of position I was looking for so I feel lucky to have it.

I’m about three and a half months into my new role, and already I am starting to feel a little out of touch with the world of edtech. I have no problem with that, I just move in different circles now. I follow fewer people and I visit different websites.

I’m still in education. I’m still helping schools. I still have the same knowledge, beliefs, and drive that I always had, but I need to accept that the type of work I do now is pretty far removed from the work that I used to do.

A Time for Reflection

I have had a lot of opportunities to reflect on my life this year, both personally and professionally. This was underlined further with the passing of my mother in July.

She wasn’t in the greatest of health these past couple of years, but her death was still unexpected. In many ways, it still doesn’t feel real, but here we are. Those of you that have experienced similar loss will doubtless know what I mean.

I’m not going to dwell on this here any longer than I have to, save to say that I had a lot of happy memories of my mother. Although I am devastated that she is gone, I will always remember her fondly.

Looking Ahead

I feel like I am at one of those points in my life where a new chapter has begun.

I’ve gone through some big changes. I’ve rethought a lot about what is important to me and despite all that has happened, I feel genuinely optimistic about the future and all it might bring.

That means things may look a little different around here.

I’m not going to apologize for that or make any excuses, but if I can help you find an app, fix a tech problem, or brainstorm some ideas for your next project, feel free to reach out. I’m not going anywhere.

So, until next time…

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