A Very Special Follow Friday

Hear ye, hear ye! My blog about teaching reading is live! Feedback & RTs will be *greatly* appreciated. http://bit.ly/ctg0maless than a minute ago via web

Well, it has been a week (plus 8 hours or so) since the tweets below were broadcast into the Twittersphere. As you read them, I wonder if you will be able to feel part of the excitement I felt at that moment.

Julie on 4/2/2010 @ 3:34 pm (Apparently I was so excited, I forgot how to spell).
NancyTeaches on 4/2/2010 @3:37 pm 
Julie on 4/2/2010 @ 3:41 pm
Julie on 4/2/2010 @ 4:43 pm

This official blog launch would not have been as successful (or exciting) as I think it was without my Twitter PLN (Personal Learning Network). I have only been on Twitter for six months, but have learned and shared so much from so many. It really is an invaluable tool for educators. When I first began, I found many educators who were passionate about technology, but not many whose main passion was literacy. However, that did not last very long because slowly, but surely I found many wonderful literacy advocates on Twitter.

Friday is a day to recommend good people to follow on Twitter, so I want to dedicate a post this Friday to all those in my Twitter PLN who really made the launch so memorable. Since this blog is devoted to reading/language arts, I will also include three of my Twitter lists comprised of literacy advocates who you might want to follow.

My Twitter Lists of Literacy Advocates:

International Reading Association Presenters & Authors in Education on Twitter
Members of the “All About Reading” group on the Educator’s PLN on Twitter
English Teachers, Reading Teachers, Reading Specialists & Literacy Coaches

Note: I haven’t worked on my lists in a while, so I know I left out some great literacy advocates. When I have time, I will add more people and the lists will update automatically. If you feel you should be on one of these lists (or have a good recommendation), please let me know and I will gladly add to the list. :)

Many of the people who made the blog launch so exciting for me are on the above lists; however, I want to give them a double recommendation (or Follow Friday) for making this week so special.

The funny thing about Twitter is that you never really know when it is a good time to post anything. As it turned out, April 2, 2010 (Good Friday) at 4:43 p.m. (PST) was a very good time to post! I thought I would be sitting in front of my computer thinking, “Okay, I’ve built it, but they’re not coming.” Instead, I felt like I had a roomful of people cheering me on. The conversation, feedback, comments, and retweets that came flooding in actually brought tears to my eyes. Really! I will never forget it and am forever grateful the following people were there for me this week:

People on Twitter Who Made My Blog Launch So Special (In no particular order)
(If the link you click on takes you to a specific tweet–many do–clicking on their Twitter name will take you to their profile)


I would also like to thank these non-Twitter people for commenting about my blog during its very first week: Debbie Gorney, Ash Bishop, Lori Morgan, Lisa, Kathryn Bartle Angus, and several people who chose to give me feedback privately. Finally, I would also like to thank my husband, Michael; my sister, Karen; and my friends Bonnie & Wanda for joining me in song on the eve of the launch. Oh, how I love the karaoke! :)

P.S. I hope I did not leave anyone out. It was difficult to keep track of the flurry of interaction. If I did, I offer you my most sincere apologies.

Note: If you have taken the time to read this post, would you please take a second to click on the stars below to rate this post? Thanks a bunch–I really appreciate the feedback. :)

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  • MommyPerks

    Very nice…what a wonderful start. Way to go!! ;-) Isn't twitter an amazing thing, bringing so many people together in new and interesting ways? I love that.

  • http://www.recycleyourreads.com/ Reading Countess

    Your excitement and passion are palpable! Great job!

  • http://twitter.com/flourishingkids Joan Young

    Thanks Julie for recognizing all of us here. Your blog looks great; I see you have used some of the feedback and it really feels much cleaner and approachable to me!
    I have enjoyed being with you in the formative process and with all of the wonderful information here, I can see how hard you have worked to get this blog up and running. Best of luck to you with it all! And thanks again for the mention!

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  • Kathryn (koolkat222)

    This is a great post! I feel honored to be included here. I'm glad I was here on Good Friday to help make your launch memorable. It's going to be successful on its own.
    Keep up the terrific work, and thanks again for including me.

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  • http://www.twrctank.com/ Julie Niles Petersen

    “Palpable”…. great word choice!!!! Thanks for sharing the moment with me Reading Countess! :)

  • http://www.twrctank.com/ Julie Niles Petersen

    Thank you! I agree about Twitter–I just wish I could convince more teachers to join.

  • http://www.twrctank.com/ Julie Niles Petersen

    It was my pleasure, Joan! And thank you so much for the role you played this week. I really appreciate all your time and feedback. It means so much coming from someone whose blogs I greatly admire. You are a true TWRCr!!!!

    Yes, I have used a lot of the great feedback–including yours. One thing I recently added back was the second way to subscribe to my feed. I realized that in Internet Explorer, the RSS button to subscribe to my posts was missing. Much of the sidebar titles are cut off in Explorer, too. :(

  • http://www.twrctank.com/ Julie Niles Petersen

    Thank you so much for your very kind words, Kathryn! It was my pleasure to include you–your comments the night of the launch really made me smile. :-)

  • http://www.cmbresource.com/ MariLee Parrish @mommybags

    Thanks so much for including me!! :-) It's looking good!!!

  • http://www.twrctank.com/ Julie Niles Petersen

    You're welcome and thank you! Your webinar for blogging newbies could not have come at a better time. :)

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