I’ve been blogging for a few years now but I honestly have to say that I’m new to blogging. Certainly a contradiction but let me explain. As a technology teacher, I’ve been teaching my students the mechanics of blogging for several years now. I’ve coached many students on the technical aspects of blogging in my Web Design course. They’ve learned how to write posts that are robust and interesting and to respond with comments on their classmates’ blogs that are thoughtful and respectful. I’m always amazed at how quickly they learn to work successfully with new technology. My instructions for the blogging assignment are all posted on my class blog. I’ll take this opportunity to pat myself on the back; it really is a pretty good assignment. However, now I need to be somewhat humble as I admit that while my class blog is very effective at delivering instruction on how to create a blog, it really has nothing to do with sharing ideas, sharing thoughts or reflection. I realized this fact a while ago and made it my goal last winter vacation (when I was supposedly going to have a lot of extra time) to start a “real” blog. I had the same goal for February vacation and again for April vacation. While lack of time is always an underlying issue, the real reason I haven’t started until now is that I’m a bit nervous about finding something interesting to say on a consistent basis. So here I am, sitting at my desk in my windowless office after a long day at work finally drafting my first post. So, I’ve “jumped into the fire”, “set off on my maiden voyage”, “taken the plunge”; however I say it, I’ve finally started. Wish me luck as I venture in to the world of blogging. I hope to share and contribute ideas and experiences that will be useful and perhaps at times, entertaining. Thanks to Nancy C. whose blog I enjoy following and who has inspired me to "take the plunge."