10 Reasons I haven’t blogged in 475 days… and why all of these excuses are true, yet terrible.

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?


4. Life got busy.

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.

Evernote Use #12- Turn a Note into a PDF #50EduEvernote

Over the next few weeks, I will be posting 50 different ways school administrators and educators can use Evernote to be more organized and more effective. I’ll be using #50EduEvernote on Twitter to further this discussion and share ideas. If you’d like, click here to follow me on Twitter.

Evernote Use #12- Turn a Note into a PDF

Evernote has pretty much replaced Microsoft Word for me. As a teacher and now as an administrator, when I’ve needed to create a document (i.e., an assignment, test, weekly faculty memo, etc.), Evernote has become my go-to. As I write and create, my notes are automatically saved and I can work on the document from anywhere on any device!

Last year, since I shared all of our class notes and assignments using a shared notebook, it was important that all of my documents were saved as PDFs.

In the past, I would create the assignment or test in Evernote, then I would copy it to Word, save it as a PDF, and then save it back to Evernote. That was way too much work, but it was the best I knew how to do.

However, recently I discovered any Evernote note can be saved as a PDF, and it’s becoming something I do just about every day. The next time you’re creating a document you need to share with someone, consider creating a PDF with Evernote. Here’s how:

Create a PDF (Evernote for Mac)

Create a PDF (Evernote for Mac)

When you’re finished, the newly-created PDF will be added to a new note in your default notebook.

I like to keep the original and PDF in the same note, so I merge the two notes together by selecting them and then clicking “Merge.”

Note List (Evernote for Mac)

Note List (Evernote for Mac)

Once the two notes are merged, you’ll have a single note with the original content and a PDF copy of it– which is perfect for sharing and emailing.

Merged Note (Evernote for Mac)

Merged Note (Evernote for Mac)

If you’d then like to annotate the PDF, go for it!

I hope this helps and saves you some time.




Evernote Use #3- Saving Handwritten Meeting Notes #50EduEvernote

Over the next few weeks, I will be posting 50 different ways school administrators and educators can use Evernote to be more organized and more effective. I’ll be using #50EduEvernote on Twitter to further this discussion and share ideas. If you’d like, click here to follow me on Twitter.

Evernote Use #3- Saving Handwritten Meeting Notes

If you prefer to handwrite notes in a meeting, saving them to Evernote is simple. While at a meeting, copy notes with pen-and-paper as usual. After the meeting, add the note to Evernote by snapping a picture of it or scanning it. Once the image is saved in Evernote, it is searchable– even your handwritten notes!


Evernote for iPhone

Evernote for iPhone


Scanned Handwritten Meeting notes in Evernote for Mac

Scanned Handwritten Meeting notes in Evernote for Mac


50 Ways Admins and Teachers Can Use Evernote #50EduEvernote

#1- Checklists & To-Do Lists

#2- Taking and Organizing Meeting Notes