What I Really Want to Write About

I never intended writing stories about cheese. No, I had a different idea when I initially thought about creating this blog.

“Perhaps it’s time to write about Catholic unschooling,” I said to my daughter Imogen. “I need to take unschooling in another direction. Explore it properly from a faith point of view.”

I love chatting with my daughters. We’re always sharing ideas, giving feedback, supporting and encouraging each other. It’s good to have a listening ear, to talk with someone who understands, someone who speaks the same language.

Imogen agreed that writing a Catholic unschooling blog might be worth doing. Now I know there are lots of Catholic unschooling blogs, but I wondered if many people are writing a Catholic radical unschooling blog. I did some googling and the search results led me back to my own blog. Does this mean no one is interested in Catholic radical unschooling? Or perhaps there aren’t many bloggers who are pondering faith and unschooling in a radical kind of way?

As you know, I found a title for my blog containing all the keywords: The Catholic Radical Unschool Cheese.

“I’m going to stop writing on my Stories of an Unschooling Family blog,” I announced. “That chapter of my life is over. I’ve run out of things to say. I’ve explored secular unschooling from every possible angle. The next chapter of the story will be on my new blog. It will be about Catholic radical unschooling.”

Yes, I was going to write one last post on my Stories of an Unschooling Family blog explaining my change in direction and then move on. But I didn’t do that. Instead, I’ve kept posting my unschooling articles there and I’ve been writing cheese stories here. No, not what I intended.

It’s really hard to let go of something that’s successful. I’ve spent years putting together my unschooling blog. It’s the story of our lives. I’m attached to it. The same is true of my podcast.

“I could just change the focus of my Stories of an Unschooling Family blog,” I suggested. “Give it a more Catholic flavour.” A moment later, I added, “But I don’t think that’ll work.”

Imogen agreed. “Readers like blogs for particular reasons. If you change the content too much they’ll disappear.”

And if new readers arrive, they might not look past the Catholic posts. They won’t know there are also lots and lots of unschooling posts that might appeal to anyone regardless of their faith or lack of it.

So I don’t think I’ll be making my Stories of an Unschooling Family blog into a Catholic Radical Unschool Cheese blog. But I don’t think I’ll be abandoning it either. And this blog won’t be the next chapter after all. But, despite its title, it’s not going to be a blog about cheese. I want to do more with it than that. I still want to explore Catholic radical unschooling.

When I first told people about this blog I said it was going to be a low-key Catholic blog. I’d tell some family stories that might mention such things as Mass. But deep down that’s not what I intended. So why did I water my description down? Perhaps I thought I’d scare everyone off, that no one would want to read my blog.

So what do you think? Are you interested in exploring Catholic radical unschooling? You might say, “We don’t unschool so I’d just prefer some funny family stories or ones about cheese.”

But what if I told you that I suspect unschooling is for everyone, regardless of their method of education. I think it’s the way everybody should be living. We are all life learners. We all should live a radical life of unconditional love and forgiveness. This is perfectly compatible with our faith.

I’ve been scribbling down these thoughts while the rest of my family finishes getting ready for the day. I wanted to capture them before they disappear.

Write this post before I’m tempted to turn another story into one about cheese.

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  1. Reply

    Dear Sue,

    W need this blog. As a catholic un-home-wannabe-schooler to unruly Owlets in a sea of uncaring or un-belief, I’m looking forward to every single drop of knowledge about how to go forward in faith as a family.
    That being said I – and the world in general – need stories about dead bodies in the ditch, cheese-graters, sofas delivered by saints, how to live with loosing a child, how to live with children that are differen, how to celebrate lent and Easter, how to live with bush fires, and much much more.
    I look forward to reading and using this blog, but at the same time I miss your old stories, maybe you should revive some of them. By the way what happened to Bob Bogosphere?

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      You have always taken an interest in my unschooling stories despite not being homeschoolers. Thank you! I’m sure you are unschoolers at heart and I hope you’ll continue to read my posts about unschooling and the Catholic faith.

      I will probably write other family stories too. I miss writing stories just for fun. I’m sure I can squeeze in a few here if I think of some good ideas. Or if I stumble over another dead body or if Andy makes our underwear stiff again by not rinsing out the soap or if I receive more body butter as a gift or if someone bites another shark…!

      I wrote a story about Bob not so long ago: ‘Bob Blogosphere Discovers Imogen Elvis’. Bob was his usual rude self. I posted the story on my Stories of an Unschooling Family blog. Actually, some readers who weren’t familiar with Bob thought he was a real person. I’m glad he’s not!

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    • Sue Ann P
    • February 3, 2017

    Dear Sue, Please DO write about Catholic Radical Unschooling. Your blog has been an inspiration, and there is a need for more faith-based unschooling posts to help us navigate our way!! Thank you!

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      Sue Ann,

      I’m so pleased you want to ponder Catholic radical unschooling with me. Thank you for your encouraging words!
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    • Kee
    • February 3, 2017

    Yes please! I have already spent too long on the internet tonight but had to write my encouragement! Go for it! I’m looking forward to more!

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      How lovely of you to stop by before you left the Internet for the evening. I do appreciate your comment. Yes, I feel encouraged to write about Catholic radical unschooling. I’m not sure exactly what I’ll say yet. I guess ideas will arrive as I’m writing. Anyway, I hope you’ll add your thoughts as we ponder this topic.
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    I thought I’d already commented on this, but apparently not. 🙂

    Amen to what Uglemor said. Amen to every single thing she said.

    We need this blog. Grammas in America who love to read about Australian bodies and body butter need this blog. The blogosphere needs every story Sue Elvis writes. Bob Blogosphere …. are you listening?

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      Your comment made me yearn for the ‘old’ days when we’d tell stories and chat in our comments boxes and laugh together. Yes, I’ve missed playing around with words and discussing writing with you. Somehow, all that got left behind. Thank you so much for encouraging me to write more stories. Maybe I should email Bob Blogosphere and see what he’s doing. I don’t think he’d agree with your kind opinion that the blogosphere needs Sue Elvis. I’ve been thinking about how rude he is. Why do I let him push me around? Maybe I won’t be available next time Bob has a slow news week and suddenly remembers me! Ah, Bob, he is a lot of fun!
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