Sunday, January 2, 2011

Experiment

I know, it has been awhile. However, those of you who have read my last post, you may at least have an idea why it has been so long. Still. a friend recently mentioned that in order for her to blog-stalk me, she'd need a new post to work with (Thanks, Dedra, for the nice kick in the pants!). And since I promised to have a new one by the end of this weekend, here I am, Sunday afternoon, trying to get this done (ever the procrastinator).

First, as a brief follow-up to the vented frustrations of the previous post, I wanted to say that right before Thanksgiving break, I had several students give me thank-you cards, expressing their appreciation for the teaching I attempt to do every day. A couple of girls even went so far as to make an over-sized card out of fluorescent poster board to give to me (as seen below).

While I realize that most of these cards were given because another teacher had them make cards in her first period class, I was still touched by the sincerity of students giving them. So, while my decision has not changed, it is nice to know that at least some students care.

(I still am not looking forward to going back to school tomorrow, though.)

So. Back to the main purpose of this post. Though I thought about doing one about the recently passed holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's), I just don't know what I'd actually say. They were good. I loved getting to spend time with my family. We had fun, despite illnesses going around.

But I wanted to start the New Year with an experiment. It is one that some of my siblings have tried; I don't know how successful they've been, but I wanted to try it, nonetheless. I am talking about attempting a writing blog- a blog where I share some of the specks of lint falling out of my brain from time to time. I have always been hesitant to share my writing with others for kind-of weird and obscure reasons, but I'm trying to overcome that because I'm finally feeling like I'd like some kind of feedback to the things I've written and will yet write. Yeah, I can sort-of edit my own writing, but I don't exactly have an objective point of view.

That is where you come in. I'm not saying you have to be objective. I'm just asking for thoughts other than my own to help me shape some of these ideas. I'm a little nervous. It's possible no one will bother reading it and/or commenting. But I'm willing to at least give it a try. If nothing else, I'm hoping this will help stimulate my desire to write, a desire that hasn't been as strong amidst the frustrations of this school year.

So. Because I don't want just anyone to be able to read it (yeah, I'm weird like that), I have decided to make this an invitation-only blog. Thus. If you are interested at all in reading it, please shoot me an e-mail (or let me know in the comments if you don't have my e-mail address) and I will work on sending you an invitation to view the blog. (I may send you one anyway, even if you don't request an invitation, but please do not feel obligated to accept. If you don't want to accept the invitation, though, please let me know so I don't just keep re-sending it because I thought you overlooked it.)

I think that's all I have for now. I think.

Happy New Year. Welcome, 2011.

7 comments:

Dedra said...

Thanks for writing! Do you want me to make you a poster to say thank you because I so will do that!

Good luck in the job hunt too.

I think your writing blog is a great idea. I'd like an invite please. dedra4 at gmail dot com.

gracias! Happy New Year!

JennVan said...

I want an invite. I think you have my gmail address. Excited to read your writing!

Dana Cheryl said...

I'd love to be invited if you have space. I know that private blogs are limited to 100 readers and it's hard to narrow down but if you have room... :)

Happy New Year!!!

Ashlee and Jason said...

Oh, oh, pick me! Pick me! Don't forget to send me an invite...I totally want to taste your writing! I've LOVED what I've read so far:)

Sarah Lambson said...

I think it's great that you are going to start a writing blog. Mine kind of fell from that category and is more like a random thoughts blog. But if it makes you feel safer and less nervous, I don't think anyone in the family actually reads it anymore except Mom so I can say ALL I want about them there!

Can't wait to read some of your material! I bet it's wonderful.

Jeanne, the mom and grandmom said...

I would read your writing blog. And, I think it is great you got some thank-you notes! That warms my heart.

Kelli said...

Me too!!!! I'm in, if you want to invite me!!!!