Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

I used to be much more active on Twitter and writing blog posts. I was in the habit of checking Twitter several times a day and staying somewhat engaged. When I thought of things I wanted to write about, I blogged. I read people’s blogs via Google Reader ans Twitter. But in the last two to three years, I have gotten away from both of these things. I miss them. I like being engaged with both Twitter and blogs. So, what happened?


Quite simply, life happened. My children are growing up and getting involved in more things. Some of the things I’m involved in outside of school have taken up more of my time. School has taken more time. And by the time I sit down in the evening, I’m thinking about ways to decompress from the day and Twitter and blogs have become an afterthought.

And that makes me sad.

I miss the interactions I had been taking part in on a regular basis. I miss the reflection that blogging forces me to do and how it helps improve what I do in the classroom. I miss reading what others are doing and thinking about how I can possibly use some of what I read.

So, I am trying to get back to that. But it’s hard. And I’m trying to figure out why it’s so hard to get back into what was a routine for me for several years. Some of my thoughts include –

  • Life (see above)
  • For some reason, Facebook seems to suck me in. I am trying to limit my Facebook reading to once a day and going to read Twitter instead.
  • I desperately need to get my Evernote in check – I am seriously considering switching to OneNote (mainly because it’s full version is now free for me whereas Evernote is charging me once a year for the better version). That is a factor here because I store all my digital stuff in Evernote for when I want to find something again to use in my classroom.
  • When I get on Twitter, it seems overwhelming at times. I think mainly, this is due to two factors:
    • I manage to come in mid-conversation and trying to find the start of it is sometimes challenging.
    • Although I follow 400+ people, I have been trying to really read a smaller list of people who resonate with me for various reasons but I don’t think I have the right list assembled to get what I want. I’m re-thinking that list at the moment but I haven’t had time to tweak it.
  • Just since I have sat down to write this post, my kids have interrupted me about 4 times, my husband another 3-4 times and my brother 2-3 times. Every time I get interrupted, I lose my train of thought (usually briefly) and have to figure out what I was trying to say. This happens all the time anymore (I’m doing something and everyone seems to need my attention for something).
    • I am also noticing as I get older that when I get interrupted, I get off track more easily and it’s harder to get back on track. In addition, my mind seems to keep bouncing to other things – almost like I have ADHD. Not sure on that one.

But, in spite of all of that, I am committing to make a stronger effort to re-establish my Twitter and blog habit. I once read or heard it takes 21-28 days to establish a habit. I am going to make a point to check Twitter on a more regular basis and figure out a way to make it work better for me. Once I re-establish that, I’m going to work on the blog thing.

Hopefully you’ll see something from my classroom soon. I have some posts I’ve been thinking about that I’d like to share soon.

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One thought on “Getting Back Into the Swing of Things”

  1. Jamie says:

    What’s this twitter you speak of? So I was thinking….whoops, time to go to soccer/dance/church/something else…

    Right there with ya. I’ve been having to make do with just skimming every once in a while. Sigh.

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