Friday, February 22, 2013

Nate's Nonsense Will Return

I see a number of you have noticed the recent lack of posts on Nate's Nonsense and a number of you have even taken the time to write nice letters of concern and for that I am so grateful.  I wish I had a better explanation other than I became really busy.

For the past 15 years, I taught primarily history (although sometimes a few classes of math or science) at the same high school.  This year, I'm teaching at an independent study high school program in our same district.  I meet with six students each day, for an hour at a time.  Now this sounds a lot easier than what I was previously doing, but it actually entails a great deal of paperwork.  I have to prepare and teach every subject for several grades and then collect and grade the work that comes in.  I had become so proficient in my previous assignment that I rarely took work home to grade, now I'm coming home with a couple hours of work each night.  Because I've committed myself to so many other things, I'm finding that my job is encroaching on my free time.

Although, I do enjoy writing this blog, I always considered this to an avocation.  Due to my increasing workload, I have increasingly found myself frustrated by the quality of my posts and for a time even thought about ending the blog.

Well, over the course of my unintentional break, I have received so many positive and encouraging e-mails from readers all around the world, I have reconsidered ending the blog.  Although I'm not quite caught up, I hope to be so soon.  I'm looking to restart the blog sometime before March.

Some of you may be wondering why I've posted a photo of Douglas MacArthur on this page.  When I was trying to figure out whether I should use 'will return' or 'shall return,' I am reminded of my junior high school English teacher who always seemed to hold General MacArthur in high regard for his proper use of shall in "I shall return."  Personally, I don't think MacArthur and I would have gotten along very well, but I am quite sure he and my English would have hit it off just fine.

Anyone have any strong opinions about either MacArthur or archaic grammatical rules?


Judi said...

So glad you are not quitting the blog. Most of us have learned a lot of history (& at lot about Boy Scouts!) from you & we appreciate whatever you post. I think your short lessons are top quality.

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

Good call Nate. I did notice that you weren't hanging around. The end of Nate's Nonsense would be a sad day indeed. Glad to hear you'll get back up and running. Take your time and square away the important stuff. We'll be here.


Rob From Amersfoort said...

I know, blogging can be very time-consuming. I'm glad you're OK, just take your time, and school and family have of course a higher priority. BTW being a teacher is a very honorable profession!

RTD said...

Yeah, I really didn't miss you at all.
But I'm glad you are going to be back.
Just kidding about not missing you.
You know I love your site.

RTD said...

Yeah, I really didn't miss you at all.
But I'm glad you are going to be back.
Just kidding about not missing you.
You know I love your site.

Zelda said...

What a pleasant surprise this morning. Your blog is so interesting I would miss it very much. Take care of yourself,
have a great day.

Lynn B. said...

I'm glad you're coming back, I have missed your posts.

d0105860-7e22-11e2-b6e7-000bcdca4d7a said...

Yeahhh! I'm glad you are not ending your blog! Take your time, I love reading what you post.

mary said...

Your blog is one of the best! I will be glad to see it active again! I understand your concerns about "free" time. I have found my limited "free" time so consumed with just reading and enjoying others' blog sites that finding time to write and post myself, well, I think you understand...

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