To begin…

I’d like to start off by saying that the best thing from this week’s learning was the TED Talk video “Try Something New for 30 Days”.

I thought that it was inspiring and I loved how Matt Cutts spoke about his own experiences of trying something new for 30 days.  It was also a neat idea to NOT do a certain thing for 30 days, such as not eating sugar. I watched the video a couple of times, because I caught my mind wandering off by thinking of what I could do.  I loved his idea of taking a photo everyday for 30 days.  It would be interesting to see what his photos were.  After watching this I also started thinking about my ILP and thought of things like working out every day for 30 days, or drinking at least 80 ounces of water, or tracking my eating, etc. This list when on and on.  I really loved how this was challenging in a way. It made me excited for some reason, this challenge.  I even thought about having my husband, daughter, and sons watch this and challenge them to find something to do as well.

Now the true story…

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So, I went on learning more about ds106 and The Daily Create.  I became not as excited. I knew where this was going to lead, and instantly became stressed!  I was learning that ds106 is an open, connected, social, online course where students get assignments to create and share with people all over the world.  As you look through their site you can click on all the different technology assignments, such as visual, audio, video, mash-ups, etc.  Then while looking through The Daily Create, I learned that there is a different assignment every day that requires you to create something showing your digital and creative skills. I loved looking through what other people did.  In fact I probably spent way too much time looking through the examples.  I also liked going through The Daily Create, and marveled at the creativity of the assignments themselves. There were so many creative things, and people can be so talented at technology. Some people are so great at digital storytelling. GULP! I am not any of those.

Some of you may know that when it comes to sharing things through technology…with other people…from all over the place…well I’d rather not.  I’ve grown to not minding to post a blog or tweet.  However, this whole Daily Create thing had me questioning myself once again.

And then…

“Try Something New for 30 Days” popped into my head.  Here I was focusing on failing rather than the confidence I could gain just through having the courage to share.  I was focusing on looking stupid, rather than the learning of ds106 and The Daily Create. If nobody likes what I do or things don’t turn out like I want, so be it.  I had the courage to try.  When I think back to when I took Adolescent Literature, and I had to blog and tweet for the first time ever, when I don’t even have a Facebook page, I felt this very same way.  Yet, here I am blogging and tweeting!  Do I have a lot of followers? No.  Do I say amazing things? Probably not.  But let me tell you that I gained two things: 1) I got over fears and continue to take classes to be a lifelong learner, even if it means that I have to do some of that learning publicly, and 2) I have impressed my teenage daughter!  Nothing else needs to be said about that.

So, I will suck it up.  Eventually take that first leap to start my 20 days of Daily Creates.  Learn from it and be glad that I had the courage to do it!