It’s my Anniversary!
Apparently I registered on WordPress.com 2 years ago today! I am thankful that my other half, WordPress, remembered, because I forgot!
My relationship with WordPress.com has introduced me to the wonders of blogging and reading blogs.
I think I became a writer when I became a teacher. I became a writer because I was raised as teacher researcher. Teacher researcher don’t just teach. They carry journals, they listen and observe students in the process of learning and they reflect on what kids say and do. In the process of reflecting I began to see myself as a writer. I grew as a writer when, at our teacher research meetings (A Community of Teachers Learning) I actually shared my writing. I remember the first few times I actually read my writing out loud to the group. I would feel my face get hot, I knew it was red so I kept my head down and worked to keep my voice steady. The silence that came after the last word that read made my stomach turn. “What would be the response?” Always, my panic would disappear as soon as one of my colleagues responded. Their words, their feedback validated my writing, my thinking, my questions. They inspired me to keep writing, they inspired me to keep exploring myself as a writer, which I have continued to do for 27 years.
I knew, when Jess encouraged me to jump into blogging, it was a natural next step if I was going to keep growing as a writer. What I didn’t expect was all the friends and connections that I would make! I look forward to reading about Stacey Shubitz’s stories slices about her children. I wait with anticipation to read Susan Kennedy’s stories. I always admire not only what, but how Fran Haley strings words together into brilliant slice after slice. I also get to know my own colleagues better! Reading Peter’s, Jess’s, Elena’s, Erika’s , and now Denia’s slices connect me to them in a way that our school’s busy days can’t. Of course, the feedback is just as inspiring and validating as it was 27 years ago at those Community of Teacher’s Learning meetings.
So today, I will celebrate my Anniversary with WordPress.com. I will celebrate all the people I have gotten to know. I will celebrate all the feedback that these incredible people have given me. Today, I will be thankful for being a writer who is surrounded by writers.