As I was playing with my kids in my aunt’s pool today, surrounded by my family, I made a decision. I’m giving myself permission to take a hiatus from blogging for the rest of the summer. I know I haven’t actually written much this summer, so taking a hiatus isn’t really anything new. However, while I haven’t been writing, I’ve been constantly thinking that I should be writing.
I have a lot of SLP blogs in my Google Reader feed and while I’m amazed at the creativity and knowledge-base that these very talented people share, I have started to sense a little bit of a competition. That isn’t what I’m here for. I’m here to share what I come up with and what I find works with my students. If it helps someone, that’s awesome. If not and everyone thinks my ideas are completely lame, that’s okay too. At least I’ve documented what I’ve done so that I can come back to this site down the road and see what book it was that I used for a firefly lesson or how I adapted an Eric Carle book to meet my student’s needs.
I’ll admit that I was shocked at the way Say What, Y’all took off out of the starting gate. I was amazed to see the number of hits I got and how many pins started showing up on Pinterest. I got a little caught up in comparing myself to other bloggers and how often they manage to create and share amazing ideas. (Really – where do y’all find the time???) It began to distract me from why I started doing this in the first place and took the fun out of the whole blogging experience.
I start my new job 2 weeks from tomorrow. For the next 2 weeks, I’ll be spending a lot of time with my kids, trying to get my daughter to the point of being officially potty trained, getting my son ready to start first grade, helping my husband transition into his new job smoothly, sitting with my mom while my stepdad has surgery and helping out as he recovers, and just enjoying the last few days of freedom before I’m back on a regular schedule. I won’t be thinking about blogging and letting myself feel guilty because I haven’t written in a while. I won’t sit down with the computer after my kids are in bed trying to put on my SLP hat that has been gathering dust since school dismissed on May 17th. I’m just going to sit down, be still and enjoy the fact that for 13 more nights, there aren’t lunches to pack or backpacks to sort through.
I’ll be back, y’all. I’m not sure when, but when I decide my hiatus is over, I’ll be refreshed and ready to write about all of the wonderful new adventures that are bound to come!