After reading this post, I decided to write to you after being hesitated for a while now.
I consider myself as the anonymous indirect learner that you have never taught in a class. We have never met in real life and I was not a student in one of your classes before, yet I have heard about you and read many of your writings and posts which allowed me to draw an imagination of your personality in my mind. I have the feeling that I don’t want to meet you in person out of fear that I discover that you may have some character defects. 😀
In my inbox, I have many notifications of blogs that I follow and sometimes I choose to postpone reading them till later because of my busy days but not yours. I eagerly open your posts to read them and add something valuable to my life whether by learning about new trends in teaching or starting off critical questions. I got to know the importance of reflection in the professional development and having blogs for sharing ideas and benefiting others. I like it when you open a little window to your personal life as it feels good to know more about you as a person. I also find the hash-tags that you include in your posts very useful such as #clmooc, #rhizo14 and #edcmooc and others. The way you talk about them and how passionate you are about them makes me feel their importance and follow them.
I admire and appreciate your passion of benefiting others and always asked myself ” How can anyone make everything that is developing him professionally accessible to everyone without being worried of competition?”. I guess you answered my question today in your post when you said that the measure of your success in life is about how much you benefit others. And the reason of writing this post today is to confirm that there are people that you may not know who benefit from what you share with them.
I guess what I am trying to say here is thank you. Thank you for being a good Egyptian citizen who is thinking about benefiting her country and its people. Thank you for spending time in learning and sharing what you learn with others while you can waste extra time in chatting about others or trivial things in our lives. Thank you for teaching me indirectly many things through your posts. And above all that, thank you for giving me a hope and a wish to be someone as dedicated to her job and mission in life as you are.
May Allah create the suitable conditions for you to always leave a good impact on people who get in contact with you whether you know them or not.