blogging challenge

Looking back on the January blogging challenge, I’ve realized that it’s not only about reflection, but it’s also largely about construction. Constructing a narrative. Constructing a solution.  

At least, it’s about identifying a problem or concern. And, that’s the first step to creating a desired outcome. Sure, I missed a few posts last month. I regret that. 

Reviewing my January entries, I noticed that many of my posts had a slightly negative tone. However, blogging (most of January) did remind me that the best way to complain is to make something. 

free agent

It’s that time of year again! Time for the proposed budget. The one that dictates which positions need to filled and which positions need to be eliminated. And, as a consequence, it’s that time for site administrators to start tweaking the master schedule. 

I understand that budgets are a fluid thing. I also understand that my TOSA position was never a long-term job. For three years it was funded in full. Now, in year four, I am operating as a teacher 34% and as a TOSA for 66% of my contract. 

My hope is that next year will bring the same opportunities. However, the politics of jockeying for coveted sites and/or preps is exhausting. I almost feel like a free agent. Sure, I try to do my best teaching every day. I collaborate. I network. 

picture: @jmspool / twitter 


Best not to start a diary on the most exciting day of your life to date. Once normalcy returns and that high dissipates, you’re apt to start slipping.
—Field Notes 56-week planner (inside cover) 

I started the 30-day blogging challenge at the beginning of January. Maybe it was a 28-day blogging challenge? The one sponsored by EduBlogs, I think. At least that’s the hashtag I recall seeing on Twitter. 

January 1st was not the most exciting day of my life. However, I’ve always kept an analog journal. Call it a diary, if you prefer but I do love my analog journals. I’m consistent with them, and I fill several in a calendar year. 

The blogging challenge was new to me. And, I’m glad I accepted the challenge. It has given me some insight about my digital habits. I never did install the tracker in the new iOS, but I did start to realize how much time I’ve spent curating and perusing. 

That is precious time that could be spent reflecting, writing, or creating. It’s also made me think that I need to delete a few social apps, not only because they’re a time-suck but also because of privacy issues. Looking at you, facebook. 

Spending the three-day weekend with friends and family, I tried my best to go on a digital diet. Meaning, no social media and no posts. No likes. No follows. No crap. It wasn’t the most exciting days of my life, but it sure was enjoyable. So, my new motto is: 

Less curating, more creating. 


I spent an hour today cleaning up Google Photos and my digital photo albums on other platforms. Trying to consolidate, and make sure my photos are duplicated across storage sites. 

I did find a few gems, like these pictures posted above. These were taken several years ago at Point Bonita and Rodeo Beach. It was a 4-day field trip that I chaperoned twice in three years...back before I had a redundant storage system in place. 

Nothing sucks as bad as losing precious photos. It wasn’t until a bricked iPhone that I realized how quickly it can happen. Practice safe storage!