Thursday, 10 January 2008

One Year On!

69 posts & over 4000 visits later 'On the Hill' has a birthday! Its 'team mates' Geography Room & Geographylost have had nearly 9,000 and over 16,000 visitors each. Has blogging made a difference to me? An emphatic YES & its all good! On the Hill is my personal bit of cyberspace & it has put me in touch with people on at least two continents who I would consider friends if I had met them 'in the flesh'. There are members of my family with whom I am in less frequent contact! Through their blogs I have learnt alot & enjoyed their tales & thoughts. I think I suit the informal type of communication that is blogging -drop in when it suits, post if you have some incoherent thoughts that you fancy sharing, read another blog if you have the time & comment if you inclined to do so! I have never kept a diary but I have found it both interesting & surprising to read some of the older posts. My students are better placed to tell you about the value of Geography Room & Geographylost but I know that a frequent question is "Is it on the blog Miss?" They love to see the visitor counter tick along & are intrigued to see where people are in the world who have read 'their' blogs. One of my objectives in establishing these blogs, especially the A level blog 'Geography Room' was to encourage our students to see themselves as part of a wider community of geographers & that has certainly worked. Before blogging I would have never considered myself to be part of a community of knitters but blogging & Ravelry has changed that! I also think that I have gained alot from the reflective nature of blogging, both personally & in my teaching life.

To those who have inspired & encouraged me .......... Thank You!

So what is new in 2008? The new term is as busy as ever, with exams & stuff. I am knitting a pair of 'Twinkle Toes' as part of the Cookie A January sock knit in Ravelry. Its ideal for now as its a quick & enjoyable DK pattern. The Brigantia DK yarn is lovely to knit with & I am already on sock two. The Peddlers shawl has grown a little too & I have cast on a simple Garter Stitch Prarie Shawl, also from Folk Shawls, as TV knitting. I am using some frogged yarn (Wendy Roxy) from one of my early attempts as a 'returning knitter'! Its OK so far, it is making a colourful, textured shawl.

5 comments:

clarabelle said...

Happy blogaversary, Mrs J!

I so agree with you about blogging (and Ravelry) being such a positive experience, and it's great that your students have been so inspired by it as well!

The socks are looking good, and I must check up on that Brigantia...

Terri said...

yayyyy, happy Blogiversary!
I love blogging for the same reasons as you mention,its lovely to find people who "get" how much fun it is to stash and knit.... not found many of those in person I have to say!!!!!!

Queen of the froggers said...

Happy blogibirthday from me too! It was a great idea to do blogs with your students too.

Artis-Anne said...

Happy Blogiversay to you . I totally agree re your thoughts about blogging , even if I have been a bit awol of late !!

WJS said...

I would tend to agree that the idea of doing a blog with the students was a good one. Possibly the best filing system there is going.

I tried to sort out my blog, but haven't been doing anything exciting enough...