I can’t believe I’ve been writing my blog for five years now.  The time has passed so quickly. When I first started to write Teachers at Risk, I didn’t really know what to expect or what I was going to say beyond a few posts. I wouldn’t have even started blogging if it wasn’t for my son and daughter, Chris and Lisa. They encouraged me to start blogging and helped me get started and when I ran into trouble technically, which was quite often in those early days. Lisa was especially patient with me at the beginning. For that matter, she still is. My learning curve was very steep. Thankfully, blogging has become much more user friendly now than when I started.

I guess one of the reasons I started the blog was because I wanted to mentor other teachers. Much to my delight, other teachers started to mentor me by leaving comments sharing their experiences and insights  in response to what I’d written. I’m exceedingly grateful for any comments readers take the time to leave even when the comments challenge what I’ve said. I see myself as a life-long learner and  comments of all sorts facilitate that. I’d like to thank all of you who have left a comment on my blog or sent it to me my emailed.

I have to thank Chris for giving me the idea for the name for my blog. I was talking about at-risk students, and all I was trying to do to help them and Chris said something to the effect that I was always talking about students at-risk and what about teachers. They were at risk, too. Who was helping them. That was it. Teachers at Risk became the name for my blog.

I have to admit I wondered how people would find my blog to read it after I clicked on the publish button. Chris told me they would. I just had to be a bit patient. He was right. I can remember being so excited when the first 80 people visited my blog. This past year, over 120 000 people visited my blog. I find that amazing.  I mean I write about teaching students who are at-risk  academically. It’s  a very narrow niche  and yet…

I also used to worry about making errors in my posts.  I used to agonized over punctuation and grammar. Then one day I just decided that I’m human and if I make an error, so be it.  That decision was so liberating. I think people can and do see past any errors in punctuation or grammar I might make.  I’ve only had one person comment that  I was setting a bad example by making an error.  What can I say.  I’m not perfect.

I’ve written here before about all the exciting things that have happened to me since I started writing my blog. I wonder what the future will bring.  I can hardly wait.  Please feel free to leave a comment.  I love the insights people share.

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5 Responses to “The Teachers at Risk blog is five years old. Hurray!”

  1. Kevin Hodgson on August 5th, 2011 4:52 am

    Five years is an accomplishment to be proud of.

  2. Pam Darden on August 5th, 2011 5:53 am

    Congrats on five years, Elona! Please never stop sharing your thoughts and insights. As a special needs teacher, it helps to know that others share my struggles. I am amazed at how your influence is so wide-spread! I see places listed on the live traffic feed from all over the world! Thanks for all you do. I hope you have a fantastic school year!

  3. Kontan on August 5th, 2011 2:19 pm

    Happy blogoversary! Even though I do not comment often, you have been an inspiration to me. Keep posting!

  4. Sophie on August 5th, 2011 10:53 pm

    Congrats, Elona!

    Thanks for writing. Although I have never commented here (this is my 1st), I find that your posts are very insightful and helpful to me.

    Thanks for sharing! Keep on writing!

  5. Tracy Rosen on August 9th, 2011 2:55 pm

    Bonne fête à toi
    Bonne fête à toi
    Bonne fête à Teachers at Risk,
    Bonne fête à toi!

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