Keeping Up

Sunday, May 04, 2008 | | 5 comments »

Over the last couple of weeks, I've really immersed myself into making connections and learning. I have been on Twitter for several hours a day, worked to make contacts for my state project and set up video chats, and tried to keep up with Google Reader. This weekend was a rather busy one because my daughter had her first Eucharist today and we were preparing for the event yesterday and had the party after church today. I'm finally sitting down to write a blog entry. This is by no means the entry I've been planning on writing for a week or so now, but I really felt like I needed to put something in writing.

Due to the hectic weekend, I've gotten pretty far behind on Google Reader. I currently have 189 posts to go through. They are not all new. Among others, I've kept this (although I'm probably too late)-sorry Liz Davis and this (not sure what I really think of this yet) from So You Want to Teach and this (I'm already behind) and this from ElementaryTechTeacher because I want to go back and read them more carefully and comment. I also want to write my own blog entries about some of those. There is some great stuff that's been written lately, but I don't have the time right now to put decent effort in.

I also have a final exam for yet another grad class that is due on Thursday. I have about a third of it done, but should probably be working on it now, instead of writing this. Oh well!

I guess I've just written a bunch of excuses on why I'm not keeping up. However, whether I read the articles sitting in my reader today or in a week, they will still be there. I may miss some of the conversations, but that's the way it goes. Even though it's really bugging me that I'm behind, I'm learning to let it go and not get stressed out.

5 comments

  1. Barb // May 4, 2008 at 9:02 PM  

    Congratulations on your daughter's big day! I now have a Skype account and I'll test it at school tomorrow with my brother in CA.

    Barb in Nebraska

  2. Andrea Hernandez // May 4, 2008 at 9:17 PM  

    I know how you feel! It's all a balancing act, there's no keeping up. You're going to blink and miss 1000 or more things that are happening. And it's ok. You write when you can, read when you can and do all the rest of the things that are part of life. It is all good, no?
    Tonight I accidentally clicked on "mark all as read" in my google reader. I had hundreds of unread posts...now all marked as read! Kind of a relief. A minute later yours was the only new one. And here I am.
    Congrats to your daughter. She is adorable. And we are still waiting for your questions for the state project.Please send so I can try to prepare the kids.

  3. Kate Olson // May 5, 2008 at 8:44 AM  

    Breathe! One thing I've learned in my (brief) time online is that you can't possibly keep up. You read what you can when you can, write what you're passionate about and the other stuff finds you when you need it. I use my reader as a search engine and just ignore the fact that it's over 1000 unread posts everyday. I go in and read the blogs I'm in the mood for and I'll get to the others eventually....or not. I'm subscribed to you in my reader, but found this post through twitter - that's the way I work :-) So, step back, take a deep breath and enjoy the fact that there are so many wonderful resources out there.......and know you don't have to read (or respond to) them all :-)

  4. Liz Davis // May 5, 2008 at 9:43 PM  

    I have over 1000 unread items in my Reader. It is nice to know that there is so much waiting for me to read and it won't go away unless I want it to.

    Don't be afraid to "Mark all as Read." Sometimes I just go through, clean house and start fresh.

    You are still invited to participate here: http://collectiveintelligence.wikispaces.com/ I hope you will. There is no deadline and no pressure!
    -Liz

  5. IMC Guy // May 10, 2008 at 9:24 AM  

    @Barb - thanks

    @Andrea Hernandez - I may need to "accidently" click on the Mark all read button! That's not a bad idea.

    @Kate I'm really working on not worrying about getting behind. I can always catch in the summer.

    @Liz Thanks for the info about the wiki. I'm very interested.

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