It’s enjoyable for me to take a trip down memory lane, all the way back to November 2012. I was 2 months into my first year as an elementary principal and I decided that I wanted to continue to grow as a connected administrator. While looking at the “7 Steps to Becoming a Connected Principal” checklist, I realized I was ready to move to Step 4: Start Blogging!
Hooray! I can do that no problem. I enjoy writing and I have plenty of ideas and even more time to get those ideas into my blog. Boom! Principalreflections.wordpress.com was born. 3 posts the first month. I rule!
Flash back to reality, 3 months since then, 0 blog posts and a guilty conscience that people actually took the time to read, follow, and comment on a blog that breaks all the rules on being responsible and reader friendly. Telling people that I was a blogger was a bit like telling someone that you have a girlfriend you have never met. (Insert obligatory cultural reference joke) Looks like the training wheels came off a bit too early. Back to step 3 😦
Well, as you can see, I am back to the blog (I debated starting a completely new blog to avoid the embarrassment of my previous hiatus). I have picked myself up, dusted myself off, and am ready to recommit to producing a blog that gives me an outlet to discuss the questions, concerns, and comments I have regarding the principalship and education in general.
But before I could fully recommit, I had to reflect on the reasons (excuses) why I haven’t produced a post since the Obama administration (the first one anyway).
I Never Have Any Time!
Probably the most common excuse for not blogging, and may have the most validity. As Willy Wonka says “So much time, so little to do”. People who write on blogs must have nothing better to do with their time. It is hard for me to rely on this excuse too much because there were plenty of instances where I said “I should really write a blog post today” but to no avail. For me, blogging is therapeutic and I need to make time to do it more regularly
I Don’t Know What to Write About
Not much I can say here. I come across many situations every day and think “I could blog about this”. Currently, there are 4 post-it notes in my office that say “Blog About ________” I have to remember that I don’t blog for other people, I blog for myself. If people don’t find my posts interesting, my blog will not self destruct.
I Have Writers Block
There were a handful of times when I sat down to write, stared at the screen for a minute or two, didn’t know how to start, then gave up. I have to remember the writing is a messy process. Some posts (like this one) fly from my finger tips and are cranked out in less than an hour. Some may take days and that is OK.
I Want to Keep My Readers in Suspense!
In my head, people are awaiting my next post more eagerly than the next installment of ’50 Shade of Grey’ (Calm down ladies, I don’t even know if they are working on a 4th book) In reality, there are millions of blogs and people really only follow ones that are regular and relevant to their interests. If I don’t post it, someone else will.
No One Will Read My Posts Anyway
I know for a fact this is not true, but I have a feeling it is a common thought for reluctant bloggers. I know it is what I thought when I started blogging the first time. Truth be told, some posts draw more attention than others. But as I said before, blogging is more of an outlet for the writer than it is a necessity for the reader. I enjoy getting the thoughts out of my head for awhile. Sometimes it even gives me a new perspective and presents solutions I wouldn’t have come across had I not typed them out. And in respect to your audience, I have found that ‘if you blog it, they will come’. 🙂
So there you have it, my (lame) excuses for not being a better blogger. However, I am committed to another go around. I have even scheduled appointments on my calendar to remind myself that taking the time to do this. It is important. Although my blog is professional, keeping it up helps me to maintain a personal/professional balance.
Until next time my faithful readers. Thank for sticking with me!