Tuesday, November 02, 2010

So, I've joined a club.

After six years of blogging, I've joined an after-school club for teachers who want to to learn how to blog. Lest you think I have too much time on my hands (ha!), or I've lost it (well, maybe I have), the reason I've joined the blogging club is to learn how to best use a blog professionally. Until now, my blogs have been personal ones, including the ones I maintained for the children's homes.

And thus, I joined the club.

Maybe it will also provide me with the impetus to write on my personal blog more frequently again. While living in Kenya, I blogged almost daily. In the past year, I wrote a total of 20 posts. There are several reasons for this, and I won't bore you with them. But come to think of the reasons, maybe I won't be writing more over here after all... Especially since I spend my evenings poring over my dissertation.

Maybe I'll continue on this one-entry-a-month streak on this blog, but start building a professional site instead. One where I can post my resume and some of my professional writing, seeing that I am officially doing a job search. Yet again. Officially as of an hour or so ago, when I submitted the message to my school that I will not be continuing on as a preschool teacher next year. I simply cannot do it. I am not a preschool teacher. (I'm checking to see if anyone will notice this not-so-surprising bit of news if I hide it in a really long & boring paragraph.) I want to thrive in my job once again. Ultimately, I want to be teaching at a college level again. And I'm at the complete opposite end of the spectrum, I know. It was OK for a season. I believe I've learned what I had set out to learn. This season will indeed become part of my dissertation. So I want to move on. I'll tell you more in a different post someday. Or read my book someday. End of rambling.

Oh, yes, as I was saying... so I joined the blogger club, to learn from the dad of one of my students, a colleague who knows far more than I do about doing a professional blog. Or a really cool blog, for that matter.

I'll most likely move all the materials on this site someplace else, and keep my URL for the professional side of me. For those of you who have an aversion to change, consider this your warning.

I'm Adele, and I have a lot more to learn.


  1. Wow, I learned so much so fast. I found traffic coming to my blog from here and I cam by to snoop around.

    I was pleasantly surprised to see that you definitely know what you are doing and "get" blogging and writing and all that jazz.

    But it is discoveries and connection let this that really make me love online connections and blogging.

    You could have taught Kaia all year and we barely would have known much about each other, but now I hope that through our blogs we can really build a more meaningful personal and professional relationship.

    I am honored that you choose to spend your valuable time with us in Wednesdays and I hope I can help you find what you are looking for. From what I am hearing you want to build your professional online self.

    I do not have a huge network, but I am building one I am pleased with. I can help you get started and give you some advice.

    Can't wait to learn more from you!

  2. Thanks, Jabiz. I started my class blog this weekend (www.MsAdele.blogspot.com), so your coaxing is bearing fruit. As I embark on my new job search, I will definitely be knocking on your door for some advice.