Clearly it has been a while. In fact I am sure somewhere out there Ryan is giggling because as the super admin of this site he gets all of the lost password requests when I try to log in. It only took 20 tries and two cups of coffee but I am here… finally.
So many things have prevented me from getting back to this space. Self doubt and imposter syndrome have been the main culprits here, not a lack of time or space to write. No, in fact, where I am now in my tiny life I am lucky to say I have both of those things and feel very fortunate in that regard. But regardless, self doubt and “do I really have anything to say?” has plagued me for many months.
Until I just decided to plow ahead. I realized one morning that I miss writing. I like writing. I like what I write. So… here we go!
Sure, I don’t have to be writing in a public space… but I know myself. Writing here gives me an added push to write clearly, and to finish what I started. Goodness knows I have scratch pads and scraps of paper everywhere with incomplete thoughts and scribbles and whatnot. This place, I hope, will let me pull them together and make sense of them.
I have “retired” from the world of language learning technology (and happily so) and now am a almost-full time college level language teacher. I still have my issues with and questions about language technology, and those will pop up here on occasion. I plan to write a bit about teaching in a liberal arts college (also my alma mater which continues to be…weird), teaching language as a non-native speaker, teaching listening (always!), and the work I am doing with teachers who use/want to use Radio Ambulante with their students (aka my happy place).
I am doing this for me and for my need to keep writing. I do hope others (hello dear reader) enjoy what comes out. But if not, that’s okay. Comments always welcome. Encouragement deeply appreciated.
Here’s hoping the next time I log in it doesn’t take 20 tries 🙂