“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
- Ink Shaker
- In Retrospect
- Worth Writing
- Winnowing Words
- Etched in Ink
- Dry Ink
- Pen to Post
- 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.