Releasing my students into summer happened a couple of weeks ago (huzzah!). Seeing the room without 34 desks, chairs, and students made it feel huge. On my last day at school, I took time to just sit and my desk and write out that list of suggested books for the summer (see: Young Adult Fiction to Read This Summer)
My siblings know that I won’t do something if I don’t want to (and I drove them nuts), but now I have a husband who is “pushy” in a kind and helpful way. Last summer when I had a job that I had tried every ladder to move up, but there was no upward mobility, and my husband told me, “Quit! I know you can find a full-time teaching job.” Stephen is not annoy-pushy, but he is firm and kind-pushy. If he thinks I should do something, he encourages me until I think I can do it. I didn’t have as much confidence as my husband, but I believed him, so I resigned my job at the end of the summer semester, and then started the full-time job of job hunting.
Motivation arises from all sorts of places. Seven years ago, this guy and I never officially dated in my mind (so he was a friend who was a boy, and I thought we had lots of potential but he didn’t initiate beyond friendship), and I still don’t know what it was in his mind. After being friends for ten months, it still hadn’t gotten clear, so I just ended the friendship without a discussion. (Now I know that is not the way to do things, but I was learning, okay?)
Did you know you can watch the feed of what is getting published right now on WordPress? It’s under the “What’s Hot” section and the tab is called “Latest.” Did you know that each day there are several fellow bloggers who have the top blog on WordPress? We choose the top blog by reading it the most, but WordPress shows it to us. These two features have lead me to many intriguing bloggers and blog posts.
To find this fountain of interesting information, go to the WP Admin page, and look toward the bottom for the “What’s Hot” section. There you will see the tabs of top blog, top posts, and latest (blog posts being published).
Where do your readers come from? I have a few friends and family reading my blog, but many of those of you who post, like, and read my blog are people I have never met. I’ve connected with you through finding your blog under a certain tag, seeing an interesting comment you’ve posted, or I’ve found you through the WordPress “Latest” feed.
Be wise about what you click on because there are people who are posting degrading material, so a good rule of thumb for me is “Would I like to show this to my Mom?” If a post’s title makes you curious or hopeful, or hungry, click away.
Also, you might come across sad or desperate posts…there is so much life happening in each writer who blogs here. I’ve read posts written after break-ups or when very depressed. I try to post something hopeful on their wall, if they allow it.
Here are some examples of some what I found over the last week:
Friday, 3/6 I met: A Woman Blessed
The blog, A Woman Blessed, has beautiful, hopeful thoughts even though the author is passing through a very hard time over the past few months after her husband passing away.
Monday, 3/9 I came across: Girl Meets Herself
She has a lively way with words that make you interested and want to read more of her writing.
You can also see great posts by looking at the Top Posts of the day. Today one of the top posts is called “387 hours” (See: Baby Pragel).
A Mom with a tender little girl shared her joy that her daughter, beating the odds, has lived that many hours.
Wednesday, 3/11 This top post blogger drew me in: Blaise Foret
His unpacking of unhealthy religion helped me understand deeper some of the experiences I have gone through. Fear-driven organizations damage people. His most recent blog post is full of hope in the midst of him telling his tough story.
The top posts tend to be very emotional and inspiring or at least thought-provoking.
The latest posts show you who is publishing posts right now. I’ve come across writers who just started their blogs, so it has been neat to encourage them or follow them.
I hope you find some new friends, deeper inspiration, and encouragement from looking occasionally at the “Latest” tab; it’s like going on a miniature adventure!
~M. H. Campbell
Why do you think you are so curious? Do you have at least ten minutes to take the time to type up three answers that will help me with my research on lifelong learners? I have three questions and a little background information for you to answer and then email back to me by this Saturday. Each time someone gives me their responses to these questions, I get even more excited! I’ve received responses from family and friends, and now I would appreciate hearing responses from people I do not know or do not know as well. Thank you for helping me out!
Here are the questions:
Lifelong Learner Questionnaire
1. Why do you love to learn?
2. How did your love for learning keep growing through and after your formal schooling?
3. How would you describe a “lifelong learner”? (Describe or list the main characteristics.)
Type of school attended for PreK-12th grade: Public_____Private_____Homeschool____
Highest Education Level Achieved and in what area:
I give Mary H. Campbell permission to possibly use my answers in her writing about lifelong learners.
Please return your answers to Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday, February 28th, 2015.
Is it fruity?
Does it have to do with a tutu or little girls dancing?
Is it two letter T’s?
Is it a cool T-shirts for a two-year-olds?
No, no, no! It’s the people a tutor tutors! It’s my students, since I’m a writing tutor.
I thank God for my tutees (and I hope they won’t be too fruity.) 🙂
By M. H. Campbell Copyright 2015