Just to make sure that you aren’t missing it, today is the National Day on Writing, also referred to as “Why I Write Day.” Here are the details.
I’ve been reading a lot of different bloggers today that have decided to contribute a post or a tweet to the cause. In most cases, their reasoning boils down to necessity. In other words, they can’t not write.
It reminds me of what Bleeding Gums Murphy told Lisa Simpson (way back in the second season) — that “music is a fire in your belly that comes out of your mouth, so you better stick an instrument in front of it.” Except instead of music and instruments we’re talking about writing and word processing documents.
For many, I’m sure that is the case. We choose our hobbies and our careers most often because we cannot imagine a fulfilling existence without them.
So what does it say about me, having chosen a job that (in part) entails writing for an edtech company blog? Why do I write?
First of all, let me set the record straight. I don’t just write the occasional post on the TestSoup blog. I write monthly for an entrepreneur’s blog, twice weekly for a local politics blog, and semi-regularly on my personal blog. Clearly, I enjoy writing.
That’s certainly one component. I write because I like to write. But why write about education?
To say “it’s my job,” would be a cop-out. There’s more to it than that. I have been surrounded by academic types all my life. Both my parents are teachers, and I know just how hard they work and what their work means to them.
I also know that there are literally hundreds of thousands of teachers out there just like them. They invest their own time and money in their classrooms, and they never think twice about it.
Teaching, to me, is a very noble profession. To be involved in education is to dedicate your life to a cause that is wholly worthwhile and indispensable. It is membership in one of the oldest and most esteemed clubs in the world.
Writing about education — and interacting with those “in the club” — allows me to tap into that wonderful enthusiasm that most teachers have for their jobs. In my own small way, I am brought closer to a community that I have always admired. The thought that I might someday be able to give something back to that community is enough to make me continue.
Appreciate writers! Appreciate educators! Happy National Writing Day!