On August 9, 2010 I started my blogging journey with my very first post Taking the Plunge. I had used Twitter throughout the summer and was amazed by the blogs of other educators. With an “I can do that” attitude, I set out on my adventure.
Since I was new to blogging and did not fully understand the process or where the road would take me, I opted for the FREE version of wordpress.com. The platform served me well for almost 4 years and 145 posts. It has been an amazing journey. I have gone from a very reluctant writer to someone who cherishes using writing as a form of reflection. My former self was often too humble to think my thoughts and ideas could make a difference. Now I realize that blogging provides me the platform to share my thoughts and ideas with the world around me – enhancing the quality of education.
So Why Good-Bye
Fear not, I am not leaving the world of blogging. Writing is too much apart of my life to abandon. I am simply moving on from the free version of WordPress to WordPress.org. I have decided to take yet another plunge with purchasing my own domain and set up my own website. You can now find me at KathyPerret.net. This may be my last post on Learning is Growing, but it is not the last time you will hear of me!
A Word of Thanks
There are so many people to thank when it comes to my blogging journey. First and foremost thanks to the numerous subscribers to this blog. Your following has meant the world to me. I extend an open invitation to follow me at KathyPerret.net where I will continue to reflect and share ideas to enhance educational experiences.
Moving to my own domain name and building my website has been a learning experience. It could not have been accomplished without the help of some good friends. I especially want to thank Jeff Bradbury of TeacherCast, Justin Baeder of The Principal Center, and Sue Waters of Edublogs. Their support and advice have been critical in the launch of KathyPerret.net.
My life as a writer has had its twists and turns. Several people have been instrumental in guiding me from a very reluctant writer to a confident. Just when I start listing these individuals, I fear I will leave someone out. My mentor and friend, Linda Weir, has been at my side from the very start. She reminds me often how far I’ve come as a writer. Fran McVeigh, Jessica Johnson, and Shira Leibowitz also come to mind as always being there in my writing journey. You can follow these awesome writers at:
- Resource – Full by Fran McVeigh
- PrincipalJ by Jessica Johnson
- Sharing our Blessings by Shira Leibowitz
I have moved all posts from this blog over to KathyPerret.net. I will continue to reflect on my journey as an educator and share tips and ideas along the way. The new website is also the LAUNCH of a new business venture as an independent educational consultant with the specialty areas of instructional coaching, literacy and technology integration. I would love the opportunity to help you with your professional learning needs at the school or individual level. I believe that this support should be ongoing. Virtual communication tools make this easier and more cost-effective. Contact me and let’s start customizing a plan to LEARN and GROW together!
So, GOODBYE Learningisgrowing.wordpress.com. It has been a fun ride.