Nine years ago today I wrote my first blog post. I just want to thank all of you who have joined me on this journey for reading, commenting, pushing my thinking, sharing your thoughts, and keeping me motivated to continue writing here. I may not be blogging as much as I did in my heyday four or five years ago, before Twitter and a half a dozen other new tools started eating into my blogging time, but I still love this space and the things that happen here. I feel very, very humbled by how much you all have taught me in the process.

I have every intention of getting back to the blog more often this summer. Not just for the conversation but for the writing practice. As a lifelong writer, I continue to believe in the long form as a way of digging more deeply into what I’m thinking and seeing. In many ways, ideas and connections reveal themselves in the process, and the “other” powerful value of this site (aside from the interactions) is the exercise my brain gets, the “intellectual sweat” that’s required in synthesizing various ideas into a coherent whole. I know I don’t need this blog to practice that, but for me at least, that shift into the public sphere has been the most transformative piece. It raises the game in a good way, and I can’t imagine my life without continuing to write and without continuing to interact with my readers to think and learn more deeply.

My passion here is still in answering this question: “How do these new social online technologies change the nature of learning and, in turn, education?” Over the last nine years, some answers, at least have become clearer. But so much of this story is still evolving. In some ways, it’s moved a great deal since June 11, 2001. In other ways, it hasn’t moved much at all. Now that my own children, who were just 3 and 1 when I started this blog, who will be 13 and 11 later this summer, now that they are deep into their education experience, I’m more motivated than ever to keep pressing the question. I sincerely hope you’ll continue to keep engaging here in the search for those answers.

Sincere thanks for reading.