I’m sitting on the family room sofa with my computer on my knees. A thousand thoughts are passing through my mind, but one thought keeps nagging at me more than the others. It’s telling me to close my computer and get up and do some work. Some real physical work. I need to clean my bedroom. Properly. I’ve lost a Christmas gift and maybe I’ll uncover it if I tidy up. Talking of presents, I have a huge pile to wrap.
But despite having things to do, I continue sitting here, sipping coffee.
And I listen to my girls. They’re chatting while Gemma-Rose paints Charlotte’s toenails. Each one is a different colour. Their giggles blend in with the Christmas music drifting gently through the room.
Yes, we’re having a lazy, pleasant morning and it seems a pity to spoil it by getting up and saying, “Okay! Time for me to work!”
So I continue sitting here.
“I’ll write a blog post,” I say. Writing is doing something. Is it work? I tap lazily on my computer keys while keeping a ear on my daughters’ giggles and conversation.
What shall I write about? It’s only a week until Christmas. I imagine you don’t want to read anything too heavy like an Evernote post. I have a few of those in the planning stage, but record keeping isn’t the right topic when everyone is about to slam their records books shut for a few weeks. No, I shall save that idea.
But are you interested in Evernote? Would you like to hear my ideas if I write about them, not today but next year? Maybe, I could do a weekly post, sharing a few tips that might make homeschool record keeping easier for all of us.
Of course, all my future posts can’t be about Evernote. What else shall I write about? Are there any topics you are particularly interested in? I guess different readers are interested in different aspects of unschooling.
I’m thinking of putting together a guide for beginning unschooling. Of course, it won’t be a step-by-step, this-is-how-to-unschool guide. Your family might be different to mine. I can’t say, “Do things my way and unschooling will work for you.” But I can share ideas, give you some things to think about. Yes, maybe by having a ‘Start Here’ page, my blog will be easier for new readers, who are at the ‘thinking about unschooling’ stage, to find the relevant info. Would this be helpful?
But what about readers who have been unschooling for a long time? What can we share on my blog? What would you like to read about?
I sometimes worry I have said everything and I’m beginning to repeat myself. Are my posts becoming boring? Can I come up with some fresh ideas? I will have to think about that over the holidays.
Perhaps I could write a series. I remember how my Mental Illness series brought us all together, providing us with lots to ponder and discuss. It was so good to share feelings, difficulties and hope. Yes, another series. But what shall it be about?
Lots and lots of questions! There’s a problem with asking questions. What if no one answers them? I could get no response whatsoever. I might end up thinking, “No one is interested in reading about anything!” And that might be depressing.
Or I could just say, “Look, it’s almost Christmas. No one wants to stop by and talk unschooling at the moment. Everyone is busy with other more important things.”
Like wrapping presents. And cleaning bedrooms.
The Christmas music is no longer filling the air. Charlotte’s nails are painted. The girls have stopped chatting. Their heads are now in their computers. It’s time for me to move.
Yes, I have work to do. Wrapping presents, cleaning bedrooms…