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.