This Side of Third

…and second



I have been gone from blogging for far too long.  Unmotivated, busy, stressed, distracted, knitting, good books, and a host of other things are to be blamed.  In fact, I think I only posted twice last year. My Tweeting dropped off, my attendance in Twitter Chats is non-existent, and I haven’t done a thing with my SymbalooEDU account.

Typically I make a hefty amount of NY resolutions.  All of them, save one, (OK, all of them) fall by the wayside.  This year I’ve made no such promises to myself.  The only statement about 2017 I’ve made is to simply “Try Harder.”  Whatever that may mean.  This blog post is my second attempt at Trying Harder at something.  The first attempt has to do with boring work stuff, and you don’t need to hear about that.

I have a blogroll of other sites I’d like to visit, blogs I’d like to read, ideas I’d like to try…but who has the time?  When I do have the time, it gets spent on reading, knitting, bingeing, etc.  You know, me-time. I never even think about other blogs, which is sad because there are great ones to be sure.

I guess one of my goals for completing this challenge is not only to rejuvenate my own blog, but to really invest in reading others’.  We all have a story, and we all have something someone else needs. Your crappy day may boost someone else; your students’ projects may inspire a new way to think; your Michaels/JoAnn/Hobby Lobby on-line coupons may save an otherwise doomed lesson.

So now I’m off to update my About Me info and scroll through the themes.  If I’m going to do this, I at least need to Try Harder to make this blog look good.  Happy blogging, friends!!

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  1. January 4th, 2017 at 5:53 pm      Reply Alicia Says:

    “Try harder” is a great mantra to have. It’s similar to a promise I’m making to focus. If I’m reading, read without distractions. If I’m eating, enjoy my family around the table and the food on the plate.

  2. January 4th, 2017 at 9:36 pm      Reply Sue Waters Says:

    Hi Cyndi

    I laughed when you said “update my About Me info and scroll through the themes. If I’m going to do this, I at least need to Try Harder to make this blog look good”.

    I had the same thought about changing my blog theme yesterday when writing my post for this week’s topic. Although mine went more like mmm “Do I really want to change my theme? ” I selected the theme I’m using because I’ve been playing with Portfolio custom post types ( shown here – ) and the theme is designed for portfolios.

    I’m enjoying the challenge because it is making me think about all these different things!


  3. January 5th, 2017 at 10:14 pm      Reply Miss W. Says:

    G’day Cyndi,
    Those New Year resolutions are always hard to keep. I decided to join a photo a day challenge and add the image to my photo blog – so far so good – 6 days in and 6 photos taken. But from previous experience, I know this might not last.

    Like Sue I laughed about If I am going to do this at least get the blog looking good. A new year, maybe a new theme.

    Sue @tasteach

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