I will use this blog to write for myself and for my students. I don't plan on each post being polished and clean. At times, my posts will show freewriting, random thoughts, early drafts...and on...throughout my processes of writing. Why not use a journal? I ask my students to blend public and private writing, so I will do the same. That way I can both experience first-hand what my students are experiencing as well as model the types of writing I hope they create via their own blogs. In short, this blog is a transparent space for my writing in process.
I don't make this disclaimer for the readers of this blog, necessarily. Rather, I provide this disclaimer to give myself the freedom to write as a meaning-making activity--to generate ideas, to make mistakes, to respond to the written word and the world, and to provide my students with examples of my writing in its various stages. Of course I want others to read this work and to comment. But my primary goal is to show, not tell, my students how I approach writing. To do this, I cannot be too concerned with outside readers and outside critique. So when I find myself, in future weeks, nitpicking word choice or that first attention-grabbing sentence, I will return to this post. I will read the first sentence and tell myself: "Just get it down."
Here I will write, revise, and reflect. Not always in that order.