I do a lot of lurking on Twitter. I am a consumer of tweets, not a producer of them. I read conversations between teachers and authors I think are smart. I read the archives of conversations about teaching and learning. I retweet liberally. But I don’t usually add anything myself. I haven’t blogged in a year (give or take).
So what’s the impetus this fine Sunday morning? Why did I leap out of bed, grab my computer and begin to type?
I discovered #nerdlution through my usual morning Twitter lurking. One of the problems with lurking on Twitter is tracing the origins and meanings of hashtags. I often find myself enjoying a hashtag, thinking it’s interesting, but not really understanding it. But I found this blog by teacher Katherine Sokolowski and this one by teacher Colby Sharp, and I was intrigued. Could I do something, anything, for FIFTY days? What would I do? What’s the passion I’ve been neglecting? What’s the thing I need to make more time for?
I’m busy. Really busy. What could I do to take some time out for myself, to stop the hustle and bustle, and really commit myself to doing something meaningful for me?
For #nerdlution I’m committing to three things. I’m going to commit to reading more (20 minutes a day to be precise) to writing about that reading, and to working out. I wanted to say running, but after my marathon last month, my knee is still a little too tender to run every day for 50 days.
Here’s where I’m bending #nerdlution just a bit to meet my needs. The only way I’m going to be successful with this is if I allow myself some leeway. I teach a full schedule, I work in an after school program, I advise two clubs, I’m in my penultimate class in a doctoral program. Some days I’m just not going to have time to do all three of those things. Some days I barely have time to eat! (OK, I always make time to eat, hence the working out resolution. But you get the idea). What often derails my resolution attempts is my need to be 100% consistent 100% of the time. I believe in the importance of making big, audacious goals, but I also have to acknowledge that sometimes those goals just aren’t realistic for me. So as long as I do ONE of those three things every day for fifty days, I’ll consider my #nerdlution experiment a success. Giving myself that wiggle room will, I hope, make me more likely to keep on keeping on.
So here we go! Lacing up my sneakers and heading out.