About being “Doug-like”

I had to smile at least a bit when I read this Twitter message from Aviva Dunsiger the other day.

A “Doug-like thing”, eh?

That got me thinking. I’m not sure that it would call the action a “Doug-like thing” but more like my own personal routine. I often wonder where I’d be without it and I think the answer is that I wouldn’t be on the blogging map at all.

When I started blogging years and years ago, things were much different. The blog posts were motivated by who knows what and blogging was something that I did when I had done everything else I wanted to do in the day. At the time, I picked up a bunch of followers and for that I was so grateful. It would hurt though when other things pushed blogging off my to-do list and I’d get inquiries about whether or not I had given up on the blog.

It was around this time that I decided that I would elevate the priority for blogging in my routine. Chances are, you don’t know me, but I hope that you believe me when I said that blogging or writing anything but “Doug-like”. Growing up, I hated English class and any class that required essays or major writing / research projects. Of course, this was long before computer and writing was accomplished by using one of those pen things or later on, a typewriter. I would much prefer to solve a mathematics problem or write a computer program. Yes, I was the person in the class who wanted to know how long or how many words were required for the assignment. Don’t you just hate answering that question?

Blogging really started as a coping tool in my job. I had to reach out to all the elementary and secondary schools in the district and things like new OSAPAC software just couldn’t wait – everyone needed to know and blogging to let folks know worked out well for me. Eventually blogging became a major habit for me and I forced myself into making it a regular habit. Unlike essays or research papers, it was my forum and I could create and do what I wanted in terms of style, the actual writing and it was as long or short as I wanted it to be! I am personally impressed that I retained enough from English classes to actually put sentences and paragraphs together, mostly literately.

Like any good habit, it requires work and personal commitment to make it happen. If you’re a follower of this blog, you probably know my routine – Aviva certainly does. I write, then later proofread and edit, and ultimately schedule a post for 5am. Most weeks, it’s eight posts. A double check can be found in my weekly summary which comes out Sunday afternoons at 5pm. That’s actually a very satisfying post to write as it lets me revisit what I had written the previous week. Before that, often posts were made and then forgotten.

My routine also has a couple of other things – Friday, it’s “This Week in Ontario Edublogs” and Sunday, it’s “Whatever happened to …”

I like to thing that the routine makes me a regular blogger but the reality is that I can end up writing any various parts of the day. Sometimes, the topics are of interest to others, other times not. The key is that all have at least some personal interest and investment on my part to make them happen.

A 5am deadline just ensures that it happens.

6 thoughts on “About being “Doug-like”

  1. Doug, I love your routine! I’ll admit that when I wrote the tweet, I was trying to figure out a better word for “thing.” I couldn’t think of one. Now you give me one here: “routine.” It’s a “Doug-routine” to publish at 5:00, and I appreciate that, as then I can begin my day with your blog posts. I truly believe that routine reduces stress. In the classroom, my teaching partner, Paula, and I are very routine. It’s why we struggle with special days, as they disrupt the routine. It’s also strangely why I struggled with scheduling the blog post, as this is something that I never do. But I really wanted to sit on the post, re-read it a few extra times, and give my ideas some time to percolate.

    Thanks Doug for the inspiration this weekend and for the routine that always starts my day on a positive note. May we all be more Doug-like in our lives! 🙂


    P.S. I just noticed that this is the first post I’ve ever read of yours that doesn’t have a title. A small variation in routine, perhaps?! Now you have me wondering what title you might have chosen …


  2. If it’s any consolation, I always struggled with special timetable days. Everyone gets used to periods of time of ## minutes and your body seems to adjust accordingly. Shortened periods really mess with that. Teachers and students.

    Even worse, it happens when you’re the cause of the shortened periods. I always dressed fairly formally but on days when we had shortened periods for football games, I would change into my coaching clothes at lunch. It’s strange teaching dressed that way.

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  3. Your reply is making me think more. Since pivoting back online many schools are running “special days.” The thinking is that they help with mental health and well-being. I understand, but I’m also grateful that we don’t have them and/or have control over if we create our own. I think weekly changes would likely cause me more dysregulation than calm. Wonder if others might feel the same.



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