I’m a workaholic. Relaxing is not what I do. Although this the first summer, in five years, where I am not teaching summer school, interning, or taking doctoral coursework, the concept of free time is scary and thrilling all at the same time.
Idleness drives me crazy and there are only so many cheesy romance novels that I can read and pages of my dissertation that I can write before I begin to go stir-crazy. I miss the hustle and bustle of my classroom. I even miss all the strategic planning that goes into acquiring my daily coffee buzz. (For those of you who know me–my battle to give up my daily caffeine is not a fight I’m winning.)
So, earlier this week, I got the brilliant idea that I was going to do something productive with my summer. I was going to use the internet to change the world. That’s so realistic, right? LOL!
But, seriously (ummm…you can stop laughing now), how can I change the world? And using the internet, no less?
Blogging was the most logical choice for getting my voice out into the world. But no differently than in the real world, I find myself still voiceless and a little more than intimidated. I don’t know how to get noticed or how to weed through the politics online. The Bible has it right when it says–
“What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9)
There are millions of blogs online and the only thing that I can contribute, other than my uncertainty and inexperience, is my passion for teaching and a sincere interest in creating change. However, that too is no different than the myriad of other blogs I have discovered online.
So dear reader (if you are indeed out there), how do I set myself a part? How do I give you something that is:
Everything, I’ve read about blogging says that you have to have an audience and focus for writing. Unfortunately, I’m about as focused as a fly at a summer picnic. The notion of writing about education enthralls me and I don’t know how to pick which area of education I want to focus on (maybe this is the same as asking parents to pick their favorite child).
And, ultimately, this blogging process makes me feel selfish and far too much inside my own head (despite my intentions not to be). I am here because I need the catharsis of the writing and its revelatory yield. Most importantly, I need to learn everything that I can to make my dream of founding a school come true. I desire to found one of the nation’s best educational institutions–a fine arts and technology academy for underprivileged 8th-12th graders with potential.
So, join me on this blogging journey. I need your help and I would appreciate your wisdom, commentaries, and constructive criticism.
In return, below are some resources that you might enjoy. And remember, sharing is caring. So, please feel free to share these resources with others.
Best Blogging Advice:
- 4 Ideas to Make Your Blog Remarkable
- Blogging Basics: Nothing Trumps Authenticity and Sincerity in Blogging
Lists of Other Cool Teacher Blogs:
My Favorite Blogs: