How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Year after year after year …

When returning from school after a summer break, the first day’s assignment was ALWAYS the same.

I would walk into my classroom, sit down at my desk, and look up at the blackboard. There it was staring back at me AGAIN – “How I Spent My Summer Vacation”.

I often wondered why all the amazing English teachers I had throughout the years couldn’t come up with something more “original”. After all, Language Arts was their field of expertise!  Certainly they could manage to come up with something NEW.

My suspicions led me to believe they were just strolling down Lazy Lane.

I finally figured it out the motive to this madness when I reached the ninth grade (okay, so maybe I was more like the tortoise than the hare back then).

The title of the assignment didn’t matter!  Not one bit.  However, the WRITING did.

By consistently giving the same writing assignment at the start up of every new school year, teachers could gauge whether our writing skills had improved … or not … from the previous year.  Then they would know what skills to focus on for the coming weeks and months.

Writing lots of papers on “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” reminds me of my recent experience in participating in a 30-day blogging challenge (30 posts in 30 days).

By staying committed to the challenge, I’ve become better disciplined, skilled, faster, and more confident in my writing.

There’s definitely a payoff in doing something over and over again!


  • Bobbye, you’re wonderful – through and through. And don’t think for one second that I haven’t been aware of how brilliant you are as well as how nurturing you are.

    It’s atypical to cross paths with someone who possesses BOTH attributes. That, my friend and colleague, is one heck of a Double Whammy!!

    Hugs from cyberspace right back at ya!

  • So we all now have a record of our “How I spent my 30 day blog challenge?!” It’s great to hear your perspective on how you’ve improved over the time. So so glad you’ve stayed with it/us. You’re a remarkable colleague. You said, “I’ve become better disciplined, skilled, faster, and more confident in my writing.” –You have given us great food for thought, practical ideas, and shared with a lot of heart. Good for you! And Happy Mom’s day, you mom-preneur!
    Bobbye Middendorf
    The Write Synergies Guru
    .-= Bobbye Middendorf´s last blog ..Write Synergies: What It Means — Blog Challenge Post 25 =-.

  • I agree with you 100%, Janet! And I’m so delighted to see you visiting my blog today. Thank you!

    When I think back to the beginning of this crazy challenge, I honestly didn’t know if I would make it to the finish line. I think I probably felt that way since it was something “New” for me and I was a bit worried about how it would cut into my daily life and routines.

    At this point, with the challenge coming to a close, I wouldn’t trade this experience for all the tea in China!


  • Back in my former life I was an English teacher, and although I don’t remember writing that assignment on the board, I do remember reading it as a student and writing my essay. My experience with the blog challenge has been similar to yours. I have been amazed that I actually did get my post written every single day (what was all that excuse making about??) Discovering new blogs has been fun too.