Having started this blog in giddy excitement, I find myself resistant to using it – in fact, I haven’t opened it again in 2012.
Yesterday, I found myself telling Year 1 Cert Ed/PGCE students that I was “frightened of blogging.” Laura asked me why. We’d been exploring untrue limiting assumptions that morning, so I mentally phrased a question for myself:
“What am I assuming that’s causing me to be frightened of blogging?”
The answer wasn’t far away – the dominating, untrue, limiting assumption: “No-one wants to read what I write.”
Quick as a flash, James said: “You write on Facebook and we all want to read that.” He was right. I don’t think twice about tweeting or posting on Facebook. I was left with no logical defence but the resistance was still there.
Trying again with the Thinking Environment approach (www.timetothink.com) I might try to ask myself another question:
“It’s possibly true that no-one wants to read what I write. So what am I assuming that causes that assumption to make me frightened of blogging?”
Again the answer presented itself quickly: “It would be a waste of time.” Even as my brain was processing this I knew that the answer was a firm, heartfelt, “NO!” It would not be a waste of time to blog into an unread ether, even if that was the case. The purpose of the blog had always been to educate myself primarily, to shape my thoughts and practice so that I could better support others to learn.
So here I am, my determination reinvigorated. Let’s see what happens. And thanks to Northern College’s Year 1 Certs students for inspiring this thinking.