I began my blog in March, 2013 as part of a yearly Two Writing Teachers writing challenge. Little did I know what an important journey would be unleashed through participating in this writing challenge. My writing has taken me to poetry and to essays, to deeper knowledge about my craft and about how to teach writers and teachers about writing. It has given me courage and has been a place for me to explore my interests—both professionally and personally. It has been a venue for me to deepen my identity as a writer and as a poet. My blog has deepened my understanding and embracing of play. This writing place has been a joyful home for me. Here I have ventured to show rather than tell my story. To show my craft as I tell others through my profession as a teacher and staff developer how to teach writing and be writers.
This blog has also introduced me to a beautiful writing community. I could thank countless people for supporting me with their words and their friendship as we connect through our words over the miles. Two Writing Teachers has been a springboard for me to connect to other writers—both in this community and in other blog communities since. What a wonderful place of connection!
Below are some things I have learned about myself as a writer through blogging and getting to know others through their blogs. I invite you to comment on things you have learned about yourself through your writing and your blogging journey!
What I have learned about myself by writing my blog for the past year and three months:
I have learned to show my life and to show my craft through writing.
I have learned that I am a poet. Poetry used to be something I loved but something I was afraid to do. Through blogging this past year, I have seen that I speak like a poet and often write (even when I am not writing poetry) like a poet.
I have learned more about my identity as a writer through blogging. I have discovered that I am an essayist who often writes about the everyday but ties that every day to something bigger within my words.
I have learned how to create a 20 minute post when necessary (especially in the later part of March).
I have learned to not be surprised when I start out writing a blog entry that it goes in a totally different way than I anticipated when I began.
I have learned that I learn about life and about myself when I write.
I have learned to be disciplined and write every day even when I am not posting (and to be kind to myself when I don’t do this lovely practice .
I have learned to have fun with words.
I have learned to be playful with words and with life.
I have learned that everything we do can always tie into a bigger life lesson.
I have learned that meeting other bloggers in this and other writing communities is enriching and fun.
I have learned the importance of commenting on others’ work as I find so much joy in what others say about mine.
I have learned the importance of feedback.
I have learned about technology and enhancements it offers to students and writers.
I have learned about other places as I read about the lives of other bloggers.
I have learned that March really has a wide range of weather across the United States and beyond. Living in upstate NY I might be talking about a blizzard while watching jealously as pictures of flowers are posted by other bloggers in other parts of the US.
I have learned to be funny with my words and vulnerable with my words—and everything in between.
I have learned that I can write through the good and the bad, the thick and the thin—that choosing to write despite circumstances balances my world and makes me better for it.
I have learned that words matter and no matter what, choosing to use words as a means of expression makes my world and our world a better place.
Thank you for sharing my writing space and allowing me to be a part of yours.
With much fondness as I celebrate 100,
Thank you to Two Writing Teachers for sharing their writing space and allowing this writing community to flourish.