In deciding the follow through with this challenge I made some agreements with myself:
- I would not share these posts on Twitter (my social media poison of choice) during the month.
- No images, just text, and links only when absolutely necessary.
So far I’ve been pretty successful in sticking to those two rules. Skipping the images certainly speeds the publishing process – one less thing to think about, seek out, commit to. And not sharing to Twitter has allowed me to take advantage of and fully enjoy the community that’s right here sharing the challenge.
So here are some observations:
I’ve felt remarkably appreciated, affirmed and supported by this new (to me) community of educators. I’ve met some new people I hope to see around after we break up. I was able to do some writing that seemed to come from other places in me. Writing about my family of origin, growing up, and parts of my past surprised me. Having no particular agenda or plan, I could allow things to bubble up and just be. This outlet seemed to do me a lot of good.
I’m excited about the ideas I’ve given space here. I’ve created a fresh reservoir of ideas, themes, moments that I will certainly draw from in the coming weeks, months and years. The habit of commenting also tickled my generosity. I found myself more willing to take time to read, comment and empathize as the month went on. And I was of course richly rewarded with so much kindness and encouragement through the comments I received on my writing.
Beyond the objective of posting every day and commenting on at least 3 other blogs, this challenge supports writer autonomy and experimentation in a delightfully uncomplicated and accessible way. So Kudos to TwoWritingTeachers for hosting this whole affair. They’ve offered an excellent forum and I’m so glad I came.
Is it really just 2 more posts and then fini?