This blog and I are having an identity crisis.
I love it for friendships I have made and remade. I sat in church last night listening to a friend I have spoken with in person three times, yet I knew something of most of the personal anecdotes he shared. Why? I read his blog. When I gather with this group of friends we usually don't have to ask, "So, how are you?" because we are reading each other every day.
I love hearing about other teachers. My after school job prevents me from attending faculty meetings and as a result I miss some staff development. I feel like I more than make up for that loss as I read news and best practices on the edu-blogs.
My blog is a place for me to be the stand up comic I never was. I tried stand up once. Once. Blogging allows me that silliness on a much more controlled level. You also aren't expecting a comic tour de force with every entry.
So here's the identity crisis: this blog isn't an edu-blog that shares once in a lifetime best practices or cutting edge news. I just tell goofy stories and reflect. Now that I know students are reading this blog, I wonder if I should stop the stories. I'm not sure that I will but I do know that the stories pass through more filters now than before. When I take the school stories away, I begin to wonder what the blog is.
That said, I don't find myself writing for the sake of writing anymore. I have about five ideas stashed here and there that I plan to dust off and use but the task of polishing those ideas is somehow more labored than before.
I don't know if this is a declaration of change or just a clearing of my head. Either way, internets, I will keep you posted.