Weekly Summer Link Up - Why I Started Blogging

I am linking up with Monica at I Heart Grade Grade 3 for her Weekly Summer Link Up. This week's topic is "Why I Started Blogging." 

Even though I consider myself to be a digital immigrant (my family didn't get our first computer until I was in Grade 11), I've always enjoyed having a digital presence. Maybe it's because I can be a bit shy in real life, or maybe it's because I teach at in Independent school and feel disconnected from the public teaching realm. Either way, I've had a classroom blog since 2007 (several actually - since I make a new one each time I change grades) and I started my Primary Teaching Resources Blog in 2010.

I've always enjoyed the collaborative nature of the Internet, where teachers share classroom photos, ideas, and resources. I remember turning to teacher blogs and a message board called ProTeacher for inspiration, long before Pinterest came into existence. Back in those days, it wasn't as easy to upload a file to the Cloud. I remember a friend of a friend allowing me to upload some files to his server, which I would then link to from my various blogs. I'm almost embarrassed to admit those docs were created in MS Word and relied solely on Comic Sans. One of these days I'll make it a priority to go back and remove all of those files (and broken links)...

Because of my blogging, I have met a wonderful group of teacher bloggers from my province. Here's a photo from our 3rd Annual BC Bloggers & Collaborators Meet Up this afternoon:


  1. For being a digital immigrant, you're a blogging veteran! I think it's great how you've seen so many changes in the blogging world and have been able to learn from them! I never realized how difficult it would have been to create pages and upload them, I must admit I take those steps for granted! Kudos to having been blogging for so long!

    Warmest Wishes,

    1. Hi Erin, thanks for stopping by! I've been blogging for a long time, but I'm not very consistent in my blogging habits ;)

  2. Isn't it amazing how technology has changed. I'm from that small generation that bridges the gap between digital natives and immigrants. I grew up with a family computer, but it was mostly for word processing until the start of AOL which came out just as I started my teen years. love how technology & blogging lets us interact with teachers from around the world.
    Grade School Giggles

    1. It makes the world a little bit smaller to know what other teachers around the world are up to in their classrooms!

  3. Your blog is fabulous i love it! You would never say that you didn't have a computer/technology for all that time!! The pic of your meet up is fab! Everyone in the blogging community is lovely and it's a sure way to make great friendships! :)

  4. Hi there! I found your blog post through the linkup. :)

    I wouldn't have guessed you were a "digital immigrant" at all :) I was around when blogging first started, and I remember building my first site in NOTEPAD! How crazy is that :D


  5. Oh! Lucky you to have been able to meet up with so many bloggers! Perhaps we should think of doing a Canadian wide meet-up! That would be fabulous! I recognize a few people in the photo - you were certainly in good company!

    Thanks for linking up!



  6. Yes, I'd love to do a Canada Meet Up! We have the International Luncheon in Vegas to look forward to...

  7. It's awesome to hear how you got into blogging. I love the phrase 'digital immigrant.' I've never heard it before! Thanks for sharing your story!

    Teaching In A Nutshell

  8. ProTeacher is a great forum. I forgot my log-in for there, but I did enjoy posting and reading posts. Brings back memories! I think we got our first computer when I was in 11th grade, too! I remember back in 1997 at college feeling accomplished just checking email. Technology is so fast now! :) I posted why I started blogging here: http://twinkleteaches.blogspot.com/2015/06/weekly-summer-link-up-why-i-started.html
    Tina :)


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