Thursday, December 10, 2009

Reasons (excuses) for not blogging more . . .

You've probably noticed that my blogging entries have been few and far between this fall. I just figured out another reason (excuse) -- I've been taking on-line classes since the end of September. And by the time I've finished listening to the lecture, doing the assignment, and posting on the discussion board, I want to be off the internet. (Today I'm posting in the morning BEFORE doing any on-line classwork.)

Here are some other reasons:

My on-line time must occur during the hours when my kids are at school. 'Cause once they get home, they want the computer for school work and internet trawling. (When I've got something critical, I do stand up for my computer usage rights and tell the kids they can wait.)

On days that I substitue teacher, there's no time for blogging.

Now that I'm focusing on teaching and getting out to work, I don't feel the need to blog.

I'm learning new skills like crochet and hat-loom knitting. (I want to learn "real" knitting too.) They sometimes take the place of blogging.

I'm facing reality. I started blogging as a means to write. And although I still love to write, I'm realizing that if I'd have really wanted to write a book, I would have done it by now. I like writing. But more than that, I like ideas. I like coming up with titles, but writing the rest of the book . . . that eludes me.

Plus, writing is a solitary pursuit. And I need to be around people. Getting out and working, seeing people, interating in person instead of over the internet has done wonders for my mental health. I may not have had SAD each fall, so much as I had MSP (missed seeing people) when all my kids went back to school, and I stayed home. Alone.

I guess it all comes down to changing my focus. My goal is to get my teaching certificate current and then apply for 7th grade jobs in my school district. I hope to have a full-time position by the start of school next year. In a way, my sporadic posting is a sign of things to come. Maybe even the beginning of the weaning process away from blogging.

But don't hold me to that. A woman can always change her mind.

6 comments:

Angie said...

Good for you Christie!! Sounds like lots of opportunities in your future. You would make a fabulous 7th grade teacher! (Or you would actually be fab at what ever you decide!)

Suko said...

Christie, I find that my writing complements everything else that I do. I feel a sense of accomplishment which allows me to get through the more mundane aspects of life with a smile. I hope you will not abandon blogging completely. :)

Flashlight Girl said...

I hear ya loud and clear! I started blogging as a means of writing/communicating/record-keeping. It still does those things, but frankly keeping up with my family is enough for now. When I'm happy, I tend to need it less. I'm not giving it up forever, but until Christmas is over there are more important things to do. About the online class scene. . . I truly think that in-person classes are easier. Maybe I was just a slacker back in the olden days or something, but taking online classes last year seemed so much harder. Memory problems? Maybe. Good luck with your "out and about" forward focus!

Allie's Antics said...

I miss your posts too much! Keep blogging to keep us all sane!

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Cami Checketts said...

Good luck with your goals. You will be a fabulous 7th grade teacher. Please get a job at Cedar Ridge!