Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Imperfect Blogger

Imperfection:

     This blog is all about the imperfect teacher, mom, wife, daughter, sister, runner, writer, dieter, comedian, blogger,  person that I am. It's about how I strive to change that imperfection and what I hope to achieve.

The Imperfect Blogger:

     Writing a blog is not as easy as it looks-  I thought I would sit down and the prophetic waterfall of beautifully stranded words would flow onto my keyboard that would inspire you  Instead I was blank other than a list of  lot of questions that came through my mind. Can I curse in a blog? How can I not curse in a blog?  Should I share things about my children?  Do I have enough to say? Who cares what I think? How much should I admit about my imperfections.  I'm fairly sure everyone knows that I'm not perfect, but there may be a few stragglers whom I've fooled these past 45 years.   I don't want  to let anyone down including those reading this.

     So this leads me to writing this post. I am not a technology person.  The morning this began I barely knew what a blog was.  I was involved in a follow up from a learning walk with my teaching colleagues. Of course we strayed from our original topic to discuss all that I don't know about technology.  During this tangent I tweeted, hash-tagged, listened to a TED talk, and set up this blog. A good friend used her gentle, kindergarten teaching voice to guide me through the process.  Through her, my understanding became that blogging is a journey.  You travel through your life experiences and pack up the ones you want shared for others to unpack.  There was much laughter in the room that day.  That is what happens when teachers are away from students and become overwhelmed with ideas and coffee.  My question as to whether the gentleman giving the TED talk was in fact Ted, and if he 's not Ted then who the hell is Ted was apparently amusing enough to have a general roar ensue among our small crowd.  There are parts of me that feel pride at my lack of technological prowess. I am still the person that goes into the bookstore to flip through actual paper pages before making my purchase.  I'm the teacher that would use the chart paper at times before the Smartboard, but I'm gaining a new respect for all that the latter has to offer.  So, if when I am imperfectly blogging and you wished I would have posted a picture or added a link- be patient with me and at the very least  I will try. Like everything else in my life I am learning and I am a work in progress- therefore, I am the imperfect blogger.

   

14 comments:

  1. I love your post & your voice shines through! You are a natural writer. The tech stuff gets easier as you go and we all start somewhere. Kudos to you for jumping in and giving it a go! If we want our students and our own kids to be risk takers who feel comfortable trying and failing then it's good for us to do it too. You should post your blog on Tuesdays on the Two Writing Teachers. It's a community of teachers who blog and we share our posts with each other. I can show you if you like! So proud of you!

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    1. Thank you to this friend with the gentle kindergarten voice

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  2. Welcome, Angela, and bravo for taking these next learning steps. As you embark on this tangential adventure, wherever it might lead, stopping back at the bookstore is still encouraged -- at least by me :)

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    1. Thank you for the support! I'm moving out of my comfort zone more lately. I'm looking forward to writing more but first I have to look up the word tangential! (If you knew me you'll take that as a total compliment!)

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  3. Yes! Every Tuesday at twowritingteachers.org. See you there!

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  4. Oh how I love this! I think we are all imperfect bloggers. Your willingness to be so honest is powerful! Showing up is what's important, not perfection! Hope to see you on Tuesdays at Two Writing Teachers! Welcome to the wonderful and messy world of blogging!

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    1. Thank you - I so appreciate that. 😊

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  5. Angela- love this! I have often pondered the idea of starting to blog but never commit bc "Who cares what I have to say?" but I cared what you had to say, and loved the way it came out so naturally! Keep your voice coming through!

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  6. So glad I clicked on this after reading The Two Writing Teachers post today! I have great plans to start a blog, but never pull the trigger! True confession--I love to read them, but don't have the first idea how to do any of it!! Ugh! Where do I begin??

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