I see all these slicing posts that are all celebratory and happy and “I made it”, so the crusty, grumpy post is needed.
First and foremost, it’s not that grumpy. A writing streak like this takes time and effort and kudos for all of you who made it 31 days. That is no small feat and you should be proud. When I did this with my language arts students (it’s only been three years ago, but it seems forever) we’d have pizza and pop and just reflect on how awesome it was that we’d made it! I had one student who took one of his posts, turned it into a story, and was won first place in our state’s writing contest. So yes, this is a very cool thing.
My grumpy old man facade comes from the fact that this year, the struggle bus was in full force. I’ve not been focused, my writing has not been up to par, and I was always getting things done at the way last minute. I’m not sure where this has come from, but it does not make me happy. Part of it is school is hard, there’s not way around it. I walk out and I’m physically tired, so it’s hard to get up for writing when all I want to do it eat myself into coma, then sleep for three days.
We are in the “no complain zone” at school(if I had a nickel every time I rolled my eyes when I saw that sign), so how do I fix this? Well, post earlier would be the most “slap you upside the head” obvious choice out there, but let’s dig a little deeper. As I grow up (and out), I’m doing a little research on me, and there are days where I feel like a little ADHD is there (my youngest daughter is dealing with this as well). Too many things to do, avoidance, all sorts of things there, so the one I will work on is this, getting up a little earlier, getting a few steps in on the treadmill, then using so time to get things written. No, not a great plan, but exercise calms my mind, so a little bit in the morning wake me, but also allow me to write.
Another thing that just got me all curmudgeonly is my comment skills, or lack there of. That ties directly into getting my posts up before 11:48 PM at night (CST of course). It’s hard to comment on things when you are fall asleep at your computer!
Geez, no complaining at all? The solution is above. Finding that time in the morning to get the blood flowing is a start, but once the blog is done, using the “reader” feature on WordPress to get a few comments out and away we go! One or two comments here or and there suddenly makes life a little more managable.
Now, I have enjoyed my Challenge, no matter how grumpy I act. Like I said above, the act of writing this much will also make writing better. We aren’t trying to be perfect (no perfect practice makes perfect BS), but we are trying to be better at the craft, both for ourselves AND our students. The volume of writing can only help us as we continue to try to help our young writers see the value in what they do.
Thank you to those who’ve stopped by, left a like or a comment. That kind of validation is exactly why all of us write, to get our voice out to the masses, or at least a few other teachers! I appreciate each and everyone one of you who took the time to read the drivel of this social studies teacher. If you are one of my sixth graders reading this, go to bed! If you are a former student reading this because, I miss all of you.
And if are reading this because you actually like my writing: Thank you. ♥️
Shut up. 🙂
March 31, 2021 at 9:37 pm
Oh yes, I feel as though you have read my thoughts! Commenting is hard for me, I feel inadequate about it, I have the ADHD issue, writing isn’t focused, I am trying daily exercise and have a 10 day streak going. I’ve enjoyed your writing! Thanks.
March 31, 2021 at 9:40 pm
So, I’ll ask you, do you feel the exercise helps you to focus in other areas of your life? 🙂
March 31, 2021 at 9:44 pm
Yes, it does help me stay more focused and accomplished! I feel “at least I did that right” and I can move on to other things
March 31, 2021 at 9:44 pm
I liked reading your feelings. 😃
March 31, 2021 at 9:50 pm
Well, there’s one! 🙂
Thank you, I do appreciate it!
March 31, 2021 at 10:31 pm
I appreciate your writing of how you’re working out your grumpiness. I think that emotion is one of the pandemic’s mental health side effects. Lots of my friends, and me as well, are feeling more irritated at even minor things. A year of this is wearing us down. More writing is always better than less.
March 31, 2021 at 10:52 pm
I feel like I’m a worn to a nub, but yet, I keep coming back! 🙂 Thanks for the comment!
March 31, 2021 at 10:40 pm
As a first time slicer, I felt the same about how much I should’ve gotten done in the morning rather than waiting until the end of the day. Due to waiting, some days commenting felt more like just checking off the box so I could get to bed. On days when I got to work a bit earlier to engage with posts, I felt more Accomplished. And more kind, thoughtful haha. Congrats on completing the challenge though!
March 31, 2021 at 10:53 pm
>And more kind, thoughtful haha.<
However, that is so true. You do feel more engaged, accomplished, and yes, kind!
Congrats to you first timer on getting through this challenge! 🙂
March 31, 2021 at 11:15 pm
I am the opposite this year – commenting has been easier, and writing has been hard. That’s more because of my circumstances (having pneumonia, rushing son to ER, cat trying to die and having to stay at the pet hospital all night, etc., etc.). On top of a year of pandemic and all that that has entailed, I just did not have the energy or health to write every day. But I did go on and read posts every day, and make comments on most of them. I enjoyed seeing what slicers new and experienced were up to and I am very proud of myself for sticking with writing this year, even though I was not able to write every day. Don’t beat yourself up too much for late posts! Your slices are always interesting and usually funny!
April 1, 2021 at 4:22 am
Writing has been easier than I anticipated this year. I am so tired. All. The Time. Commenting however has been lacking. I have a stockpile of posts that illl be spending the next month catching up on reading. So here’s. #1. And to another year writing together.