Here goes nothing. Well, that’s how I feel right now, anyway. I mean, I’m not one of those perpetual glass half-empty people. No, I prefer to look at the bright side of things. But blogging. I’m just not sure I have what it takes. So why am I bothering, you might wonder?
Blogging is always something that has intrigued me. Other people are so darn good at it…and I love reading well-written blogs! It’s a different style of writing than stuffy research writing, which I’ve been doing for years. Actually, blogging seems refreshing. And informal. And freeing somehow. I’m giving it a shot because I feel as though for the first time in my life, I have a general sense of what I might write about.
Teaching. English. Writing. Reading. Grammar. Brain Research. Poop. No, just kidding. I won’t write about poop (although I probably could publish a novel series based on my experience level when it comes to blowouts and diaper changes). I just opened a Teachers Pay Teachers store not too long ago…not really because I think I have any sort of chance at making it big or striking it rich. I opened the store because (wait for it) … I LOVE making teaching resources. There, I said it. It’s kind of a guilty, nerdy passion I have (that and road cycling – with the spandex and helmet and full get up, but I’ll save all that for another time). I’m sure I’ll share some resources I create, but mostly I just can’t wait to be living outside the box.
Here’s the box. (Look, it’s even a recycle box for all of you people who dislike the frivolous use of cardboard. No, I’m not one of you, but I’m trying to be better.) For the longest time, I’ve been inside of this stuffy thing. I’ve followed the rules. No fragments. No run-ons. Such an oppressive lifestyle. Now I’m outside of the box, and those four fragments I just wrote back there don’t bother me at all, and you know what? It. Feels. Awesome.
Don’t get me wrong. I love grammar. It has its place. Students need to learn grammar and sentence structure in order to be effective communicators. I truly believe that. BUT BLOGGING…it’s like this whole new world where creative writing rules trump formal ones, and that is so exciting to me.
I’ll admit that I’m a little afraid. I fear that no one will like my blog. No one will want to read it. I won’t be good at it. I’ll think what I’ve written is genius, but no one else will. I’ll stuff my face with a pint of ice cream every time I sit down to write a blog entry, like I’m doing now. What matters more to me at this moment than that fear, however, is the conviction I feel about this new writing journey. It’s almost therapeutic. So I’ll be vulnerable for a little bit and see where this takes me.
Join me if you want. Here goes nothing.