Just so you know, I am not talking about the daytime soap opera :)
I did some cleaning up on the blog today. I reverted almost 90% of my blog posts to "draft" status. I went from 1059 published posts down to 135. I kept pretty much everything from last school year to now along with my most popular posts (like Words Their Way--which has an unbelievable 83,000+ views!-- and Navigating Reading Street) active so you will still be able to see those.
Why did I decide to do this? Partly because some of my earliest posts were written by someone I no longer identify with. I have changed and grown so much over the life of this blog and while I didn't delete anything I have written, I have just chosen to keep them just for myself. There is enough negativity in the world and my 6-7 year old rantings do not need to add to that :)
Another reason is because I am planning to make some changes. I have been with my current school for 7 years. I went to school there as a kid, I student taught there. I have a ton of history and memories with the neighborhood and the families. I LOVE my students--even the challenging ones!--but I have been increasingly unhappy there and it is time for me to move on. I'm not sure what "moving on" will mean but I have applied for an internal transfer and several principal jobs.
Yes, I did just say I applied for a principal job. If you had asked me a month ago if I wanted to be a principal, I would have scoffed and given you a resounding NO as an answer.
Alas, I wonder if this is why I am so increasingly restless. Maybe I need to sit on the other side of the table. Maybe I need to have a broader perspective in the educational field to truly appreciate the path I am trying to take. I don't really know. It could be as simple as changing schools. That might be all I need. Again, I really don't know. I just know that I am not happy where I am and life is too short to be unhappy. With that said, I know how important and impactful a digital footprint can be and thus, I have elected to hide posts I do not believe represent me appropriately with where I am currently in my professional career.
I have always been forthright, honest and vulnerable on this blog, even when I was more or less anonymous. Since I no longer am and I have people all over the country I am connected with, I do not want my former self to be aligned with who I feel I am today. I am SO not the same person I was when I began this blog nearly 7 years ago. I have changed so much personally and professionally and I didn't feel it was in my best interest to hold on to that former self that started this blog.