I love to write and I love to read; sometimes I even read my friends’ blogs. However…blog reading can be annoying when it is offered as a substitute to actual conversation. For example, I will ask a friend how they are doing, and the only response I get is “read my blog.” Maybe I don’t want to read their blog; maybe I want to have a dialogue between friends like the old days.
I recall when Facebook was new (yes, I am that old) and my kids said that they didn’t do email anymore; they just Facebooked (yes, this is now a verb, like Googling something). Now some peeps don’t fb anymore–they blog. The irony is that as education is trying to find ways to get new interactive tools into their classrooms, the digital natives seem interactive-ed out, if you will. Perhaps they have done so much chatting, texting, and fb-ing, that they now are tired of all the dialogue, and prefer just posting their lives, and letting you read about them. This will never do; I need to chat with my friends, not just read about what they have been thinking.
So this blog is offered in that spirit. I promise to keep the same level of interactivity that we had before the blog. If we were face to face friends, you will still be invited to lunch with me at the Last Resort in Athens, Ga. If we are just email, Skype, or fb friends, that too will continue. But if you want to know more about what I am doing and thinking (and I am talking to both of you), read my blog. 🙂