I’m almost an ex-unschooling blogger. How does that feel? Scary.
My blog has been a huge part of my life for many years and I’m wondering if I can survive without it. Can I get out from behind the unschooling label and do something that’s different but still valuable? Perhaps all my talents are wrapped up with unschooling and I haven’t got anything else to offer. Maybe I ought to say, “I’ve changed my mind. I made a hasty decision. I want to keep blogging about unschooling after all.”
Except it wasn’t really a hasty decision. Things haven’t been right for months. (You probably noticed.) I thought the answer might be to try something new. So I created a Facebook group where I could collaborate with other unschooling bloggers. I tried vlogging from the car. I made some blog post promotional videos and posted them on Youtube. I turned parts of my podcasts into transcript blog posts. I made some unschooling graphics to post on Instagram. And although I enjoyed doing all this, I know that experimenting with different ways of promoting the unschooling message isn’t really going to help.
Although it’s scary, I’m finally ready to move on.
“What shall I do next?” I ask my girls.
“We could start a new podcast together, Mum,” suggests Sophie.
A mother and daughter podcast. Talking about issues from both parent and teenager points of view. Sharing books and other things we’ve discovered. I always love chatting with my 16-year-old daughter. She has lots of interesting things to say. Often she surprises me with her observations.
“Batgirl and Ruby.”
“Huh?” Sophie raises her eyebrows.
“We could call the podcast Batgirl and Ruby,” I explain. Why? No particular reason except that name sounds so much more exciting than Sue and Sophie.
So my daughter and I might start a new podcast. But what else will I do?
I’m going to ponder that question. I guess there’s no hurry to decide. I’m sure some quiet time will encourage me to think creatively.
In the meantime, I still have a guest post or two I never got around to publishing here on this blog. Also, there are some posts in my drafts file that I could finish. Perhaps I should tidy up some loose ends before I disappear completely. Leave my blog in good order.
So I’m not quite an ex-unschooling blogger. I’m only an almost one because an occasional post might appear here from time to time as I empty my drafts file.
And who knows? Sophie and I might dive into the bat cave and return as podcasting superheroes. If we do that, there’s every chance unschooling will pop up in our conversations. As my daughter said, “Mum, unschooling is life, and life is what we’d be talking about.” However much I want to move on from my blog, I think it’s going to be impossible to leave unschooling behind. It’s coming with me. It will flavour future projects because it’s part of who I am.
“Who will be Batgirl and who will be Ruby?” I ask.
“I’m definitely your sidekick,” says Sophie, “so I should be Ruby.”
“But I’m too old to be Batgirl…”
Our conversation continues. And I forget about feeling scared. Instead, I’m excited, Discussing new ideas is so delicious.
And if we put this one into action, I’ll let you know!
So when was the last time you had a delicious new idea? And have you ever been scared at the thought of changing direction?