March is Here!

I Did It!

I Did It!

I made it through a One Post a Day challenge now for the second time and it feels good to be on the other side. One thing that happened this time around is that lots of people decided to join the conversation — I ended up writing 30 posts and getting 229 comments (right up there with the best ever months). I have to say that reading the comments really helped me think more deeply about the things I was writing about and it certainly pushed me to stay more engaged with my thinking. It was the first time in a long time that I was able to focus energy in a general direction over a series of posts which is typically a problem for me. Like in August when I did this before, I found it both extremely difficult but very rewarding. This time around I found myself really pouring intense energy and thought into what I was writing. So with all of that, I say thank you to all who spent time reading, commenting, retweeting my posts, sending me emails, and talking to me about the things I was writing about. And I will say a sincere thanks to Allan Gyorke for pushing me down this path when I didn’t want to.

5 thoughts on “March is Here!

  1. Hi Cole,

    I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the path you went down this month. Despite not actually managing to comment until now (sorry about that) – I found the conversations really thought-provoking and have every intention of synthesising my own interpretation/contribution to things as soon as I can ๐Ÿ™‚ Though I suspect it will take the form of a long rambling post on my blog that references you.

    Thanks again and I’ll do my best to pop in here more often ๐Ÿ™‚



  2. @ Mike Bogle Thanks for the comment! I see you on Twitter and count the comments there as contributions to this space. It has been a tough month — a month filled with anger and angst. I think I am working through it, but I imagine I’ll be writing more about the issues that have me fired up recently. When you get your post together I’ll be sure to check it out and do my best to contribute to that conversation!

  3. @ Cole Camplese
    I’ve taken an initial stab at synthesising some of the related topics being discussed here and elsewhere, but there’s much more I want and need to think and blog about – not the least of which is where alternative forms of education sit in the equation.

    I know that the topic of homeschooling has come up here for example, and I think that’s worth reflecting on as well because my family does homeschool (an adapted version of unschooling to be specific) but I’ve not really written about it yet – largely out of concern for drawing too much attention to myself. I’m considered far out enough as it is ๐Ÿ™‚

    Under the circumstances though it might be warranted and useful in the discussion. Will try to get to that soon.

    Anyway hope all is well!



  4. Cole,

    I enjoyed your daily posts last month and appreciate more than ever the challenge of writing non-trivial content every day! Thanks to Allan and you for your inspiring and thought-provoking reflections that in turn involved dozens of readers in contributing their so many interesting comments.


  5. @Joe Fahs Thanks much for the comment! What I loved most about the OPAD challenge was that it got other people involved in a larger conversation. I spent much of the month yelling into the blogosphere about the state of education in the US and what I learned was that I wasn’t alone in my frustrations. It was a fun month filled with lots of good discussions both on and off line. I’m looking forward to getting my energy back here in a few days!

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