At the beginning of this summer, I gave myself an assignment. I assigned myself to write a blog entry for as many days as I could this summer. I have completed that assignment and thus my blogging experiment as well.
My purpose was two-fold. I am incorporating blogging into my curriculum and I don't want to teach something I've never done. And, after almost three decades of teaching writing, I had ceased being a writer myself. The only things of length I've been writing are grants, analyses, and reports. Ugh. Yuck.
I'd lost that creative part of me and gave myself this summer to find it again.
It was difficult at first. I felt like I was running naked through Wal-Mart at times, baring my thoughts and feelings to folks I've never met. And here's a secret. No one I know IRL has the faintest idea I have a blog, so the only ones who read it are you kind people who don't even know me. But, I think I'm going to go ahead and tell the folks who know me about this blog so they can read it if they like.
My own writing skills are rusty. I look back at some of my first posts from last month and think I could have said that better. Why did I use those words? Wow, that kind of sounds boring. I'm slowly finding my voice again.
I discovered something else, too. I've pored through your blogs, studying past posts in depth, seeing what folks like to comment on and what they don't. I want to have the fullest information I can when I present this to my students.
And what I've discovered is there are some really great people out there. I wasn't expecting to find so many people I'd be pleased to know in real life and have as neighbors. Your comments on my posts have been unfailingly kind.
I am enriched by all the things I've learned from you and through you.
And, although my blogging experiment is over, I think I will continue adding to it.
I would also like to know a few things from you veteran bloggers, if you care to comment.
Why do you blog?
What are your favorite topics to blog about?
How do you decide what to include in your blog?
What topics do you like to read about in other's blogs?
Thank you, folks!