Well, here’s an example of one of those unbeatable work-family trades. After writing most of my post, I took a break to tuck the boys into bed. Only problem was, they were nowhere in the house. I found them outside watching the lunar eclipse. And so the four of us stood there, toes falling off freezing and definitely past bedtime, for half an hour watching our shadow cover the moon. I love when we detour as a family into something like that. The eclipse was very cool, but not as cool as watching it together.
So here’s the trade: I forgot to save my post and lost it. Let’s see if I can recreate it.
After class this week, two students stayed behind to talk. They raised a good point during our conversation. Blogging was much more exciting if you write about your passions.
Most of the students in the class have been frank about not enjoying the blogging requirement. Now, I understand why. I asked them to blog about their reactions to our class discussions and readings. That’s too rigid of an assignment, and what’s more, it’s not going to teach them what I want them to learn. Worse, it’s antithetical to the philosophy and culture of blogging.
The best and most successful bloggers are those who write about what intrigues them. It’s logical, isn’t it? Your posts should be more interesting to write and more interesting for others to read if you are passionate and intensely curious about the topic.
So I’m changing the rules. It’s open blogging season. Start a conversation about your favorite topic – sports, music, fashion, whatever interests you. If it connects you to people with similar interests, I’ve done my job.