I can’t really explain it, but it’s been so long since I wrote on my own blog. I’ve been so caught up in finishing up my book and writing for other outlets, that I’ve neglected this site I started six and a half years ago.

This is, after all, the site that started it all for me. It’s the first place that I saw myself as a writer. For all intents and purposes, it’s the place I found my writing voice. And I’ve been doing some digging recently: I’ve been trying to figure out why I have abandoned this platform that has been so dear to me.

And I think it’s because I’ve been judging myself.

I’ve been so inside my head, worrying about what I’m saying, how I’m saying it, and if I’m saying it at the right time. It’s been running me a bit ragged, and I think, detracting me from what matters most–my voice.

It’s one of the few things that each of us really has to call our own. Our voices are manifestations of our identities, born of unique lived experiences and resulting in irreplicable schemas. And when we have a voice, it’s our right and obligation to exercise it.

I want to make a change. I want to reconnect with my roots, and as a new school year dawns, there really is no time like the present. I’m going to make this change by writing every day for the next 30 days. I have no editorial calendar, no real plans for what I will write, and no idea where each blog post will take me.

Some of the posts might be terrible; some might be poignant. And I’m sure many of them will lie somewhere in between. But my hope is that it helps me reconnect with my voice, and also reconnect with my readers.

And this is where I need your help.

I want to have a conversation. I want to have lots of conversations. I want to get to know what all of my teacher friends are wondering about as they go into the school year. I want to know what keeps you up at night, and I want to know what puzzles you when you walk into your classrooms. I want to know what you feel passionately about, and I want to know where and when you disagree with me.

I want you to engage with me in this 30-day journey, because I know that finding my voice means listening to the voices of others. So, here’s what I need you to do: write in the comments and tell me what you’re thinking about.

3 thoughts

  1. With 18 (or more accurately 17.3) days left on the Countdown Counter until my first day of school, I’m currently (over)thinking about e v e r y t h i n g. Resisting the temptation to plan/stress about everything right this second is, as the youths would say, a struggle™. I know I ought to be patient and wait until I know what my curriculum is going to be, what the procedures/methods/vibes already in place within the English department/school at large are, et cetera, but the gulf between knowing and doing is quite wide.

    1. I overthink too! I’ve learned to tell myself that NOTHING will go according to plan and to take a less-is-more approach to planning for the opening days of school.

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