I enjoyed my run this morning. It was cold — but amazingly peaceful. Getting out and hitting the concrete at 5 a.m. isn’t for everyone. I know that to be true. I almost never see another runner. And some days like this morning I don’t even see many cars. But I’ve been doing this now for about 30 years. It seems right. And on a morning like this — with the Xmas lights still shining on the houses and nary a sound — it’s peaceful. I expect I’ll keep at it next year and hopefully for many years to come.
I plan to continue writing here as well. I started this blog almost exactly a year ago. I thought it was a good idea to learn by doing about something that so many were talking about in the classroom and online. Now as we enter the last days of the year, I’ve managed to make this like running another part of my daily routine. Today marks post No. 228. And it is as good a time as any to take a few days off. As my friend Bill Sledzik says — time to go off the grid for a while.
But I do want to thank those of you who come here daily — or visit occasionally. I benefit — and other readers benefit as well — from your comments and encouraging remarks. And I’m still not sure what impact blogs, Twitter, Facebook and the rest will have on the worlds of journalism, public relations, communications in general. But even here in a very limited way to be sure I can see how a community of readers and writers can expand a story, add context and perspective — and in some cases, correct the views of the writer. That strikes me as having value. For someone who has spent 40 years in public relations, journalism and education, it’s exciting to see the changes that are taking place. And next year I believe we are going to see another step as the Obama administration uses the entire range of online tactics and media to enhance communications, decision making, advocacy, transparency and feedback.
Next year I want to write more about education — and the challenges facing our schools and our teachers. And I want to continue to explore this notion of a new ethic of responsibility. We’ve moved away from that as a nation. And now we need to get it back — through civility, ethical conduct and leadership.
So I’ll be back in 2009.
Happy New Year!