As the #NZGAW Blog Tour of 2012 draws to an end, the blog tourists have spread out along the path, and some have found other interesting places to explore, much like the sheep in the photo above. We won’t all arrive at the same time, or in the same place, as we end the blog tour. A few posts are still expected, due to differences in time zones, or to life being busier than expected, and I shall be delighted to share these posts too, whenever they arrive. It’s never too late to act collegially in the interests of children and their learning, or of others coming to terms with what giftedness means.
After a journey in real life, we gaze at the photographs, talk to friends about our experiences, and keep in touch with some of those we met along the way. After the blog tour, there are also things we can do to continue savouring the enjoyment of the journey. Here are some suggestions:
- Go back and write comments on three posts you found helpful – a bit like sending thank you notes to your hosts after a real life journey.
- Choose an inspirational phrase or sentence from one of the blog posts, and use it to create a photoquote for the Gifted Education PhotoQuotes project – a group of CC licensed images for anyone to use in gifted education and advocacy projects.
- Keep sharing the blog posts, in real life and via social media. If you have found them helpful, so will other people.
- Read a few more posts on each blog to see what else each blogger has to say.
- Join one of the groups, or follow one of the Twitter hashtags, mentioned in the PLN post, to keep in touch with other blog tourists, or with people like them.
It’s hard to compare this year’s blog tour with last year’s. The posts are spread over more blogs, rather than mainly being hosted on this one. Some of the blogs don’t provide statistics. Facebook, usually the biggest source of clicks on the blog posts, has tightened its rules about how many links a member can share each day. The blog tour itself has been one week shorter. Despite all that, we have had a huge number of posts, we think that we have had at least twice as many readers, and we’ve had some great online conversations about what people have written.
If you have been part of the 2012 #NZGAW Blog Tour in any way – as a writer, reader, commenter or sharer of posts – thank you for all you have done. Each and every one of you has helped to make it all worthwhile, and to reassure others that they do not walk this path alone.