Transitioning Worlds & Words

The Long House at Mesa Verde National Park

“I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.”

James A. Michner

Anthropologists don’t know what prompted the pueblo cliff-dwelling peoples who once lived in the stone abodes at Mesa Verde National Park to leave their homes and find new homes. I asked the park ranger about their abandonment of their adobe homes as I walked through the Long House on my June 9 visit to the park, but she only speculated about the cause/effect reasons for their migration.

Whatever the reason, moving is hard. I moved cross-country several times before my thirtieth birthday. But since relocating to Idaho, I’ve pretty much stayed put.

Today I’m making a big move and transitioning my words and blogging world.

After posting on Blogger almost 12 years, and after nearly three years thinking about changing blogging platforms, I’ve rehomed. With this move, I’ve also changed my blog name to Swirl & Swing: Lines on Living & Learning. As an educator no longer in the classroom, the title “Evolving English Teacher” doesn’t accurately reflect the content I post. Nor does abandoning my identity as a teacher. I needed a new identity, one that embodies myriad facets of my identity. More about the name change later.

Since I began blogging, I’ve written and published over 750 posts. Leaving those words in the rearview mirror and watching them recede into the distance challenges my nesting proclivities. Consider: I’ve lived in the same house 24 years, been married to the same man 25 years this July 21, and taught in the same school 30 of my 38 years. I settle in and get comfortable.

So why move now?

Blogger has created problems for commenters the past few months, even for those with Google accounts and those who blog on Blogger. I’ve seen a rise in spam comments, too. I’ve checked settings and troubleshooted as much as possible. Word Press creates a learning curve, but I know I can reach out to friends for support as I transition my words to this new-to-me platform.

As I thought about moving my blog, I also tried out new names. Both sound and meaning matter in a blog name. How to find a name that both reflects my inner educator and my wanderlust? I wanted an eclectic name that also has a literary twist, a name that speaks to my love of writing in myriad genres.

Some names I rejected:

  • Cerebrate: Contemplating Learning & Life
  • Word after Word
  • Wordbearer
  • Ink Shaker
  • In Retrospect
  • Worth Writing
  • Winnowing Words
  • Etched in Ink
  • Dry Ink
  • Pen to Post
  • Word-Working
  • Fair Writer
  • One Woman’s Words
  • Word Wondering
  • Thinking Makes It So
  • Ink Think

A few quotes sparked my thinking, including:

  • “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” –Andis Nin
  • “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” –Benjamin Franklin
  • “A word after a word after a word is power.” –Margaret Atwood

In the coming weeks I look forward to sharing what I hope are provocative posts. Not much about the content here will change. I’ll still share stories about and from my pets, my travels, my learning experiences, my thoughts on social justice and politics, etc.

As some know, I embarked on a three-week road trip with two friends in June. I had numerous epiphanies and experiences on that trip, and I’m anxious to share another story about a transition you won’t want to miss. Until then, please offer your insights about Word Press in the comments, and I hope those who subscribed to my old blog will invite me into their inboxes once more.

Thanks for visiting.

Thank you, Two Writing Teachers team, for your continued
support of teachers who write. Special shoutout
to Stacey for encouraging me to choose Word Press.

20 thoughts on “Transitioning Worlds & Words”

  1. Congratulations on your new blog site, Glenda! I am happy you switched to WordPress. Many a time during the SOLSC I tried commenting on your slices on Blogger and got foiled.
    I love your new name!!! I had never heard of the quote and find it utterly delightful.
    Thanks for sharing your process.
    If you ever need a hand with WordPress , give me a shout.

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      1. I think after the first time someone posts a comment and you approve, you can then subsequently click something to automatically approve that person’s future comments.

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  2. Well, I say you picked the right title! Swirl and Swing show the dynamism you want. I am also transitioning in my life and I respect how you are marking your new reality with a courageous blog change, and facing your altered identity as you will continue to write. So your piece speaks volumes to me.

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  3. Congratulations! Brave move. I am on Blogger and the move somewhere else seems daunting to me. You did it. I’ll consider it some more. Changing the name is brave to. It’s playful.

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  4. Congrats Glenda! I love the name of your new blog! I also had a Blogger page and moved over to weebly for similar reasons. I’ve been following all your travels on social media and can’t wait to read the stories!

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  5. Glenda, I took the leap earlier this year and exported everything over to WordPress when I think I read that Blogger owns all the blogs I had posted and could shut things down anytime. I went one more step in getting my own dot com because I just wanted an extra layer of ownership. I am still learning. Some days I get frustrated – and I tell myself what I need is a class, to sign up for tutorials on formatting and knowing the differences between the web view and reader view. I do much better when I click the little world at the top if I’m in reader view and can’t find the comment box. I love the challenge of the new site because it keeps me learning and thinking – I’ve added some videos and like that feature, too. I love your new site and the title is perfect for you. I look forward to reading all about your trip and hope that you will share about your time in Texas as well. Where we are camping, a family from Texas is two sites over and they have a little girl who looks like she might be going into 5th grade. Their Airstream looks brand new and the pondering of their story makes me just wonder if they found things hitting so close to home that they found an oyster and took to the road for a bit. I wouldn’t blame them. I’ve rambled – but I love your site and love being on the journey with you.

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    1. Ramble away, Kim. I need to figure out how to export my old blog posts to this new one. I don’t know that there is any one place in the cloud that’s completely safe. I’ve often thought about whether or not all those words will matter after I’m gone.

      I think you have the beginning of a story in those ponderings. I, too, have a long story in my thoughts about my road trip.


  6. Welcome to WordPress! I never know if my blogger comments post. I find WordPress to be very user friendly- I used blogger years ago! How exciting and grace to make a move…and so thoughtfully. I look forward to reading about your epiphany!

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  7. Congratulations on the move! I love the title, but not surprised because you have a wonderful knack for playing with words and creating great titles. I subscribed!

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  8. Congrats on your new, beautiful blog, Glenda. Life is full of different kinds of moves and reasons why. What a great intro, the story of the mysterious move of the cliff-dwelling people. Reminded me of Skara Brae. I love WordPress!

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  9. I’m excited for this new blog! I love the title (and some of the titles you considered) and the way you link this move to physically moving and to your recent trip. Also, now I can comment *much* more easily. Here’s looking forward to many more posts.

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  10. Love your reflection, Glenda. I also enjoyed the list of rejected blog names. Just an honest and open piece. Glad I know your new home so I can visit often and read word, after word, after word.

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  11. I’m so glad you are on WordPress now, because I was one of the people who often had troubles leaving comments on your posts! I have always been on WordPress, but I just do the minimum when it comes to posting. I’ve been thinking about joining some of the webinars WordPress offers and giving my site some remodeling…you’ve nudged me one step closer to actually doing it. I appreciate your reflection on how your old blog title no longer fits who you are and found a great title for who you are now! It’s so much easier to stick with what we know and have.

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    1. The commenting issue really was the last straw. I checked the settings over and over and could not figure out what changed. Here I might also find a place for my poetry and for my Better Lesson curriculum, as well as the myriad presentations I’ve given over the years. Speech curriculum doesn’t change much, so I’d like to share my board of speech materials, too. Now I need to get my lazy honey in gear and get to work!

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  12. Glenda, love the new blog name! Bravo on your courage to move your blog – you are inspiring me to do the same. I have had the very same issues with Blogger, but, wow, it is hard to change. I can totally relate to your reflections about “nesting proclivities.” Happy writing!

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  13. I’ve considered changing my blog name as well, but like you, I also tend to get comfortable and stay in one place. I like how you started with the cliff-dwellers and applied it to your own version of moving on. Moving on, but still leaving evidence of your writing self while embracing change and moving on. I look forward to reading more in your new space.

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