It’s me, hi.
I would like to start blogging again. Like I haven’t said that before, right? I realize I have a problem though. Instead of hopping on here and jotting down quick thoughts and reflections, I’ve turned blogging into writing research papers. I’m not even joking.
Part of this is my own fault (I’m the problem, it’s me). I get super interested in a topic, start researching and reading, decide I want to write about it, and then agonize for months about how to frame it, what to include, what to cite, what to add, what to ask. Let alone the time to actually sit and write. In my drafts folder are blog posts called “Is storytime a performance? The Performer vs. The Inner Child” and “Playification and Schoolification and the Role of the Children’s Librarian.”
On top of that I feel an enormous pressure to “get it right.” I’ve lost faith that what I write will be viewed as learning in progress.
And I think what I’ve come to realize is that if I am ever going to get back into blogging I need to take it back old school. I used to have a LiveJournal in college. A place to share my thoughts and ramblings about life. I didn’t think too much about what I wrote before I wrote it. It was just a place to process.
I’d like to find a way to do that here. Maybe it means really short posts sharing something I’ve recently read or a question I’m pondering. Maybe it means taking those big huge topics and breaking them down into chunks I don’t have to spend hours writing. Mostly I want to embrace the role of learning in public. To be brave enough to share my questions and accountable enough to myself to dedicate the time to reflecting.
So dear readers, the ones who still follow along here at Jbrary and have left me countless thoughtful comments over the years, what do you say?