Four years ago, this is what I wrote on the 23rd of June, 2010
“Blogging can appear self-indulgent at times, yet inspirational at others. Being a teacher is not just a job, it can be an all consuming, never-ending thought process. Wherever I go; whatever I do, I am constantly thinking about whether this is something that can be used in my classroom – can I use this? It is different world view that one never gets quite used to, and sometimes it can be annoying to those close to you, and yet I would not change my life for anything.
To stay current and gain even more inspiration, I read blogs, I comment on them, I share the good ones. So now it is my turn to add my voice to the ever-growing world of bloggers. I hope I have something valuable to say.”
And with that I hit publish and started this blog
In the past four years, I have written from the heart, I have written whatever I was pondering. I have reflected honestly and outloud, hoping others would reflect along with me. I have practiced what I blogged. And I have changed. Oh boy, have I changed. I have cried when people have crossed the line from being critical to just plain mean, I have walked with my head held high whenever someone has said that my words has helped them. My blog has helped me get through hard situations both professionally and personally and have made so many connections.
I have put it all out there and I have gotten so much in return.
I never know when I will blog again. I never know when inspiration will strike. I always hope for another post but I never make any promises. I continue to write for myself, documenting my own journey, hoping to help others find the courage to change, hoping to help others give their students a voice. And so whenever anyone reads a post, whenever anyone comments, it never ceases to surprise me. After all, I am just being me, I am just blogging. I am nothing special.
I am not a hero. I am not amazing. I am not a rockstar.
I am simply a teacher who likes to think and happens to write down those thoughts. Hopefully there will be more posts to come. Happy 4 years to me and many more.