Why I’m Here

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Why I am Blogging

I was encouraged by a colleague to begin last summer and I jumped right in. But that was all I did. I published two posts. I really like those posts.  See them here and here. But then I got busy. And I got scared. I read other people’s blogs and thought I should be writing about things that are more important to the world. Although, those first two posts were pretty important to me. Largely I am blogging now because I know that writing involves being willing to actually allow someone read what I write. I’ve written in one form or another my whole life, but not often for others, unless a letter, email, text, or tweet. But that’s so different than a blog. There’s more space in a blog, more choice. This month I’m participating in two blogging challenges.  One is the Slice of Life March Challenge. The other is Blogging 101. Again I’ve jumped into the world of written words, words written for others.

What I’ll Blog About

I’ll write about my experiences and about my thinking. I hope to also include thoughts about the work I am doing at present sharing the work that has been so powerful for me professionally. I expect that my topics will grow as I lean into this intense blogging month experience. Already I have inspiration to write on new honest topics that matter to me, and also, I hope, to another.

A Little More About Me

I’m a teacher who left my own classroom behind a year ago to take a job doing history and social science. I’ve been called a history nerd. It’s true.  I love that stuff. Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of work helping teachers know how to help their students grow their reading skills, especially in informational text. I get to work with about 110 elementary schools. It’s a big job, and I love it.

A little closer to home, I’m in a big period of change. Much has happened that is, well too intensely personal to include in a public blog that’s mostly about literacy!  (I admire you Ann Lamott.)  Suffice to say my son went away to college a year and a half ago, I moved from the home I’ve lived in for 20 years, and my daughter will go away to school in the fall. My world looks very different than it did last year at this time. The growth and change continues. I look forward to reflecting on some of this part of my life’s journey and writing about it too.

So, here’s to courage and connection!  Blog on.  

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About Be Strong. Be Courageous. Be You

Principal at the Sweetest Little School by the Sea at the north end of Los Angeles Harbor. Working to make the world a little more awesome.
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17 Responses to Why I’m Here

  1. lilypup says:

    I’m at your stage of life also and a former teacher. Welcome to Blogging 101…I hope you really enjoy it. http://lilypupslife.wordpress.com/

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  2. franmcveigh says:

    Thanks, Dayna, for your introduction. Folks are so nice here at #SOL15. You will see great blogging ideas that you can “borrow” and “share” with all your friends! ❤

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  3. Terje says:

    Welcome to SOL challenge. Nice to meet you. Five years after I started blogging I am still surprised that I write regularly on my blog. I have learned that the best thing is to remain true to oneself and blog about what matters to you.

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  4. Jen says:

    I’m so glad that you joined #sol15! I look forward to reading future posts! You’re off to a fantastic start!

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  5. Deb says:

    This is the perfect challenge for sharing your stories. This group is amazingly supportive. As a teacher of writers, I love that you are using writing to work through this new world/life you found yourself in

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  6. Mindi Rench says:

    Blogging can be scary, since you’re putting your work out into a world that isn’t always considerate or nice. That’s what I love about the people who slice, though… they are considerate and nice. participating in this challenge (I don’t know about Blogging 101… I’ll have to check it out), is that you can spread your wings and try out all different kinds of topics, from very personal ones to funny things.

    Loving what I’m reading so far! Keep it up!

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  7. Dayna, I’m so glad you’ve taken on this challenge. Some days will be easier than others, but the connections to this amazing community are worth it.

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  8. Leigh Anne says:

    Sharing writing with others involves risk and many are not up to that. That is what makes this community the best – they support, encourage, and keep me writing and for that I am so grateful.

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  9. Joanne Toft says:

    Thanks for taking the risk and writing. I always find it helps me find my way when making big changes. Good Luck and keep writing.

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  10. jarhartz says:

    Yay you. You will find so much support within this community. So glad you’re here.

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