The last time I posted on this blog
was 475 days ago (August 29, 2014). Why did I stop? Why haven’t I kept going? I have no idea, but in order for me to move forward, I need to list them, own them, and move on. Here are 10 reasons I came up with.
1. I’ve been posting once a week on The ‘Stang (our school’s blog), so I don’t need to post on my blog.
Each Friday I email our faculty and staff, and while it is true that my Friday Thoughts are posted to the school’s blog each week
, it’s certainly not a valid reason for me to not post on my personal blog. In fact, I should use the same discipline and dedication (I haven’t missed a week yet!) to post on my blog.
2. I am no longer teaching in the classroom.
As a classroom teacher, I experimented often with educational technology. I read about it, researched constantly and looked for ways to improve how I taught. As a principal, I haven’t stopped learning and looking for ways to improve and that should be a reason for me to have kept writing and sharing ideas.
3. I’m new at being a principal and I don’t know how much I have to offer/share.
This is a bad excuse. If nothing else, I certainly have a lot of “not-to-do” ideas to share. I doubt I’ll ever have this principal gig figured out, so why should I wait until then to start writing? In fact, wouldn’t it make more sense for me to write to share ideas and get feedback from people much smarter?
While this is true, how terrible of an excuse is this?! Of course life got busy. I’ve never met anyone whose life got less busy. Using this excuse is evidence of my lack of discipline and commitment.
5. I ran out of things to write about.
Including faculty, staff, and students, I interact with over 500 people every day– so there’s always something I could write about. Our teachers and students do amazing things every single day, so content should never be an issue. I still read like crazy, I still listen to podcasts daily, and I still learn something new every day. There’s always content.
6. I wonder if anyone even reads what I write.
It’s evident that someone will read my blog because you’re reading it. So that excuse is dead in the water.
7. I was going to write later.
Ah, the good ol’ procrastination excuse– later. I’ve been using this one since I can remember. The thing with later is that it’s open-ended. When does later happen? I started writing my Friday Thoughts email in November of 2013. Every Friday since then (well, every Friday during the school year), I’ve written a post and published it. It’s my own personal goal to not miss a week, and I’ve hit that goal every single time. My goal for those posts isn’t to write them later– it’s to write and share them each Friday. (And to be honest, I have no idea how many of our faculty or staff or blog visitors even read the posts which goes back to excuse #6.
8. I worry that if I write about an experience from school, I might offend someone or share more information than I should.
If this were the case, no one would ever blog anywhere about anything. This is a weak excuse I’ve made up to justify not writing. It’s time I call it what it is.
9. WordPress wouldn’t update.
Nope, this excuse won’t work either. My issues aren’t with WordPress or with my Mac or even with Evernote. I have all the resources necessary to write– I’ve simply chosen not to.
10. I couldn’t come up with the perfect post to help me “get back in the game.”
This actually may be my best and worst excuse. Even as write now, there’s a sense of embarrassment of the reaction when this shows up in a subscriber’s inbox. I picture the thoughts now.
Whoa, what’s this? An email from Jordan Collier? Who is that? I don’t remember signing up for that blog. Oh wait, I kind of remember now. Wow, that like 2 years ago. I wonder why something is just now showing up…
As if the “perfect post” will fix that. Nope. This isn’t the perfect post and I don’t even know what “get back in the game” really means. I just know I’m posting something after 475 days off. And I’m glad I didn’t wait until day 476.
Those are my excuses. If you’re in the same boat I’ve been in, what are some of your excuses? Feel free to add those to the comments below.