Pen Zu online journal: 409 entries with 250,000+ words total for 2014!!!! Wow. I don’t think I’ve ever written that much! Feels good! Feels REAL good!
It is amazing how much writing I did in 2014. Wow. As I look at that number, 250,000, I am shocked that I was able to write that much in a year especially a year that was very busy for me. If I counted the assignments, emails, and other documents that I write for school–my job–that number would jump up at least to 300k, I’m sure. But I chose to count only the words I wrote in my journal throughout the year.
Do you journal? You should, you know. I require my Freshman Composition students to keep an online blog for our class. Many of them balk at it and complain a lot, but by the end of the semester, there are always a few who are glad they participated in it. Every once in awhile, it is a means to draw the students in the classroom closer together–to create a sense of community that we can’t get via any other method. I love that. I personally believe that students are more open to learning and the learning process when they are comfortable in the classroom–when the classroom is a safe place where they can share without judgment. And that non-judgment includes NOT looking at or worrying about their grammar in their blog entries. They can simply what they want.
Of course it’s not a perfect system. Some students wait until the last minute to post their blog entries and that doesn’t do anything at all except give them a grade–a lower grades, but still a grade. I still have students who hate the whole process but do it because they want a good grade. And every once in a while, I have students who post things that make me wonder…..about a lot of things.
But more often than not, their blog entries are fun to read as well as worth reading. I am glad to do it. I wish I could make everyone I know write/keep a journal. I wish every single person I know would GET how healing, awesome, powerful, wonderful, and just plain cool a journal is. I know I’m in a small class of people who actually LOVE to write. I accept that truth. And regardless of whether or not anyone reads what I write or even cares about what I write, I will keep writing because I am writing for myself more than I am writing for anyone else anyway.
Just keep writing……