I'm here and I'm blogging for 30 days in a row

Published by Lori Pickert on November 1, 2011 at 08:53 PM

If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one. — Russian proverb

So, blogging hasn’t been my forte in 2011.

I don’t know how other people do it, but I had reached the point where I really couldn’t keep blogging until I sat down and wrote the book. The book, the book I’d been thinking about when I started this blog.

Blogging and booking are both writing, but a blog, after years, becomes an unwieldy collection of posts that you struggle to keep track of so that when someone e-mails a question, you can say, “These posts might help.” And then there’s the problem of beginning to repeat yourself — or, more commonly, you should repeat yourself (because new people keep wandering in) but you hate to, so you don’t, and then those people are confused. It’s a whole thing.

I started the blog because I was thinking about writing a book, and then the blogging was so satisfying I shoved the book onto the back burner where it stayed until the bottom of the pot turned black.

To chase my one rabbit, I had to focus all my attention on it, so that’s what I did.

But I plan to be here and blog every day of November. By the end of the month, I should be able to show you the book I finished while I was conspicuously absent — Project-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners. Yay! There’s even a nice, fresh, new website in the works to go with the book.

I’ll tell you all about it.

Was it worth the wait? Hello? Anyone still there?

45 comments

Comment by Annika on November 1, 2011 at 09:19 PM

YAY! And oh my gosh I hope it will be available for Kindle.

Comment by Anne T. on November 1, 2011 at 09:23 PM

Cannot wait for the book!! Mostly so I can send it to my skeptical mother-in-law. She thinks I'm just making this stuff up.

Comment by Charmaine on November 1, 2011 at 09:28 PM

I'm here, I'm here! Very much looking forward to your book and to 30 days of blogging - YAY!

Comment by amy on November 1, 2011 at 09:38 PM

I can't wait for the book!! So exciting and completely understandable why the blogging had to stop for a bit. I'm also blogging every day for 30 days, on the craft blog (I linked that one this time). But I'm still trying to keep up the kids-n-art blog. Should be an interesting month!!

Comment by kort on November 1, 2011 at 09:57 PM

oh it was indeed wort the wait!

please consider this my book order.

i am so pleased that you've been writing and i look forward to your voice in this space all month.

i too am posting every day...it's not NaNoWriMo, but blogs do have their charms ;)

Comment by cyndi on November 1, 2011 at 10:11 PM

that is very exciting (the book) and i'm looking forward to more posts.

Comment by Lisa on November 1, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Glad to hear from you, looking forward to the rest of November! Your posts are always thought-provoking.

Comment by kirsten on November 1, 2011 at 10:14 PM

BOOK!!!! Woo hoo!

Comment by Jill Wignall on November 1, 2011 at 10:23 PM

We're still here and most looking forward to seeing the book.

Comment by Arwen on November 1, 2011 at 10:28 PM

I can't wait! For your blogging and for your book.

Comment by amy k. on November 1, 2011 at 10:33 PM

I'm here! and excited. . . .:)

Comment by Tracy on November 1, 2011 at 10:36 PM

Still here, and eager to know more about the book and website! Sounds like a fabulous use of your time "away".

Comment by Brynn on November 1, 2011 at 10:51 PM

Oh my! I can't wait to hear more about the book (and read what you have to say for 30 days.)

Looking forward to more from you!

Comment by patricia on November 1, 2011 at 11:19 PM

I'm here! I'm here! And oh, do I know the issues with trying to balance book-writing with blogging. Can't tell you how excited I am to hear about your book, both for the content and the writerly inspiration! I'm starting my
mornings here for the next 29 days! If I'm not writing, that is. :-)

Comment by Stacey on November 2, 2011 at 12:16 AM

I'm still around. I'll check in to see what you have to say this month. Though I am insane and attempting NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) so me commenting will be proof of procrastination.

A bunch of Self-Directed Learning parents and I have been discussing this article, I think you might enjoy it. http://www.maa.org/devlin/LockhartsLament.pdf

Comment by Janet on November 2, 2011 at 01:26 AM

Hi Lori, I just started reading your blog in September. Been digging around in the archives waiting to see if you were coming back. Being a novice homeschool mentor to my five year old son, I'm especially excited to hear more about your new book. Thanks for the very informative blog and the excellent Lego pics!

Comment by allie on November 2, 2011 at 01:37 AM

I'm here, too! Its great to hear you're moving forward and I can't wait to hear more about the book.

Comment by Heather on November 2, 2011 at 02:05 AM

Fantastic, Lori! What an accomplishment.

Comment by Amy on November 2, 2011 at 02:54 AM

present and accounted for! hello!

Comment by Elise on November 2, 2011 at 04:05 AM

Hi Lori! I'm here - I'm not reading blogs too often, but this post was fortuitously at the top of the google reader that I usually don't read either. It was meant to be!

I'm aiming for 30 blog posts in November too. Which might be insane, but now I figure if it's not too crazy for Lori, maybe it's not too crazy for me :) :)

And I'm very much looking forward to your book!

And hi Stacey!

Comment by debra on November 2, 2011 at 11:55 AM

YES!!! great news about your other rabbit (or your one rabbit?)...will look forward to hearing more about that!

Comment by Deirdre on November 2, 2011 at 02:13 PM

Woohoo! Thanks to Feedburner, I got this in my inbox, and can't think of a better gift for my birthday month:) A month of post by Lori---yay!

I like the two rabbits quote...I spend my whole day chasing a dozen rabbits with delusions of being able to train them even though I never catch one. Time to choose!

"Mentoring Self-Directed Learners"---can I tell you how much I LOVE this title? I've missed your inspiring posts but your absence here is worth being able to hand people a book instead of direct them to a blog. Can't wait!

Comment by jessica on November 2, 2011 at 04:08 PM

I'm here and excited about your book!

Comment by Krista on November 2, 2011 at 04:08 PM

Yup :)

Comment by Lori @ Just Pur... on November 2, 2011 at 04:09 PM

Your post popped up in my Flipboard Google Reader this morning, so I thought I'd say hey. I, too, am blogging for the month of November. I haven't been consistent this year, as FreelyEducate.com has become a wee business for me. But I miss it so! Your book sounds like our type of schooling ... Looking forward to it!

Comment by Mamie Jane on November 2, 2011 at 07:38 PM

Can't wait for your book and will be coming to this space everyday in November. Love your words so much!

Comment by sarah on November 2, 2011 at 08:24 PM

way to go. chasing only one rabbit can be hard sometimes. i look forward to the outcome because you were dedicated to one, not two. ;)

Comment by Dawn Suzette on November 2, 2011 at 08:34 PM

Yay!!! I knew that was what you were up too! So happy!
Looking forward to reading you here as much as possible... not spending *as* much time on the computer as I used to ;-)

Comment by Sheila Ryan on November 3, 2011 at 01:16 AM

I'm homeschooling myself, and so I look forward eagerly!

Comment by Cristina on November 3, 2011 at 03:23 AM

Congratulations on finishing your book! Must be something in the air lately. I'm feeling the same amount of overwhelmed as I prep my first collection while trying to come up with new comics. It's not easy to do both at once!

Can't wait to hear more about your book!

Peace and Laughter!

Comment by Nina on November 3, 2011 at 03:36 AM

Looking forward to the book!

Comment by nancy on November 3, 2011 at 03:04 PM

Yippee! I too cannot wait for your book and am glad you are going to blog this month. A month worth of your posts will be a treasure for us all :) Happy November!

Comment by Lori Pickert on November 3, 2011 at 07:28 PM

annika, oh, it’s definitely going to be available for the kindle. we’re e-everything here! and thank you so much! :)

anne, thank you! hee re: your mother-in-law. maybe we’ll convert her. :)

thank you, charmaine! :D

amy, thank you so much! and yeah, how do people blog and write a book at the same time? and have kids? and a dog? and homeschool? i don’t know how that works. :) good luck with your NaBloPoMo month - i think it’s a great way to take one’s mind off the usually unpleasant november weather (in the u.s. anyway), don’t you? :)

thank you, kort! you are so sweet. we need to have a mini NaBloPoMo club for those of us blogging every day in november. consider it formed. :)

thank you, cyndi!

thank you, lisa! glad to provoke. ;^)

hee, thank you, kirsten. it’s completely done! yay!

thank you, jill. :)

thank you, arwen!

hi amy & thanks so much! :)

thank you, tracy - i have 30 days to blather on about it to you. :) and YES, i know these months would have zipped past anyway - and my blogging had reached a plateau, so i’m glad i put them to some good use!

thank you, brynn! :)

thank you, patricia! :) you should definitely be writing, but hey, doesn’t hurt to say hi before you get started. :) (oops, i’m an enabler!)

hi stacey. :) good luck with nanowrimo! and thanks so much for the article rec - maybe i can get a post out of it. ;^)

hi janet, i’m glad you read the archives while i was neglecting this space. :) thank you very much, and i’m glad you enjoy the lego pics! i have a pretty steady supply of those.

hi allie, and thank you!!!

thank you, heather! i had a conversation with my 14yo where i said “well, i don’t know, it might be terrible” and he said “no, no - writing a book all the way to the end is an accomplishment no matter what!” so i’m just going to hug that notion tightly. ;^)

hi amy! i’m glad you’re still here! :)

elise, i know, my google reader is like an an abandoned, overgrown something-or-other. i’m glad you saw me! :) good luck with your nablopomo and welcome to our little club. ;^) and thank you re: the book!

thank you, debra! i neglected my blog rabbit while pursuing my book rabbit, but now .. you’re right, it’s confusing! :)

hi deirdre dear. :) happy birthday month! i read that two-rabbits quote a long, long time ago and it has stuck with me. probably because, like you, i’m usually tempted to try to chase more than one. thank you re: the title! i can’t wait for you to see the whole finished thing. i had a bad case of publishing nerves, but my proofreader sent back a really nice, complimentary note that made me feel good about the whole thing. :) and i’m REALLY glad it’s done! ;^)

thank you, jessica! :)

hi krista :)

hi other lori. :) good luck with nablopomo! i think it’s a fun exercise. clears out my idea folder and makes room for new ideas, etc. :) and thank you re: the book! xo

thank you, mamie! :D

sarah, it really is. thanks, friend. :)

dawn, i’m glad you pictured me off book-writing and not just goofing off, ;^) thank you! :) xoxo

sheila, i’m always homeschooling myself, too. :) and thank you! xoxo

thank you, cristina! that is fantastic about your first collection. i love love your hs’ing comics. :) and YES, it’s hard to do both at once. i’m sure you can do it, though!

thank you, nina!

nancy, thank you so much, and thanks for always being here! xoxoxo

Comment by Shalini on November 5, 2011 at 06:16 AM

I love your blog, Lori...waiting to see the book!

Comment by Lori Pickert on November 6, 2011 at 07:12 PM

thank you, shalini! :)

Comment by Tracy M on November 7, 2011 at 12:09 AM

I can't wait for the book to come out! I'm struggling a bit... I WANT to do things this way but am having some trouble getting from here to there.

re: the math discussion posted by Stacey, there's a great TED talk by Dan Meyer, who is a young math teacher who teaches high school remedial math. It's very much along the same lines and is worth watching imo.
http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_meyer_math_curriculum_makeover.html

Comment by Lori Pickert on November 7, 2011 at 12:14 AM

tracy, here to there is exactly what i try to cover. :)

thank you for the TED recommendation!

Comment by Sherry on November 9, 2011 at 01:44 AM

Woohoo!! Can't wait for that book! :D

Comment by Lori Pickert on November 9, 2011 at 02:29 AM

thank you, sherry! :D

Comment by Elizabeth on November 10, 2011 at 03:04 AM

Yea!! To say that I'm excited about your book is an understatement. I cannot wait to get it into my hands Lori! Thank you for all you've done and the time you've spent answering questions and writing your inspiring posts. I'm also glad that you'll be posting this whole month of November...What a blessing!

Comment by Lori Pickert on November 10, 2011 at 03:18 AM

thank you so much, elizabeth. :) that makes my night. <3

Comment by Mags on November 10, 2011 at 05:07 AM

I am SO excited to read about your upcoming book!! Well done for taking the time and focus you needed to finish it. I'll still read all your blog entries, always food for thought and action. Mags

Comment by Lori Pickert on November 10, 2011 at 02:01 PM

thank you, mags!! :)

Comment by Lise on November 13, 2011 at 03:18 AM

So glad to know why...and have the hope that you'll be back! I can't wait to read the book. Congratulations on catching your rabbit!

Comment by Lori Pickert on November 13, 2011 at 03:43 PM

thank you, lise! :^)

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