So yeah. This might not be much of a blog post. I mean, who really wants to read about about blogging tomorrow?
Tomorrow’s post might, repeat might, be far more interesting than this one. Lately I have been toying with lots of different ideas to blog about and fighting battles with the demons of procrastination. They are winning. Handily. I am also fretting about not having responded to comments on my last two blog posts. I usually like to try to respond to comments before moving on to the next thing but it doesn’t always happen that way and then it turns into a viscous cycle of procrastination and guilt. Forgive me for being overly dramatic.
Maybe I have been a victim of self-imposed inertia. But tomorrow I am going to blog. I am pretty sure about this but the actual writing might end up happening on Wednesday. I am going to blog about something that happens in class tomorrow. Of that I am sure. My friend Anne Hendler has created a blog challenge and I am going to participate. Historians might suggest this is related to the time she blogged about two things that happened one particular day but I will leave that to them. At the moment I am more concerned about what I will write tomorrow. There is a flurry of questions racing through my mind. A sampling:
- What will happen in class?
- How will the class as a whole go?
- Will it be different than usual Tuesday mornings? How? Why?
- What things will catch my eye as blogworthy?
- What types of things will be on my mind during class?
- Will my teaching be different?
- What moments will strike me as something to blog about?
- What moments will strike me as something to blog about but will get ignored? (Maybe for for various reasons like saving face or not wanting to write bad things about students.)
(How) Is this related to Sam Shepherd’s recent post about reputation and blogging and more?
- Will it only be about moment or a slice? Or something alltogether different? Something bigger?
- Will I regret this post/proclamation come tomorrow morning?
- How is this decision to blog about tomorrow’s on thing impacting my current state of mind and awareness?
- How will it impact tomorrow’s class? How has it already impacted my planning for tomorrow?
- Why don’t I imagine I am going to blog every class?
- What learnings have I been missing out on by not imagining I’d write about one thing every class?
- Why don’t I imagine I’ll have an observer every class?
- Will there be negative aspects of this solemn oath to blog? Will I, for example, be more worried about collecting bloggable experiences than teaching and humans? Will I see students only as characters in my as yet unwritten post?
- (How) Is this whole process related to Steve Brown’s ideas about “preflection?” (Note to self: Watch Steve’s IATEFL presentation as soon as possible. Stop procrastinating on that too!)
- Why am I not planning right now?
I have no idea about most of these questions at the moment. Stay tuned. Until tomorrow. (Or Wednesday)