I recently reviewed a copy of Julian Grenier’s book Successful Early Years Inspections. A few days later I read a blog post that Julian wrote: ‘Successful Early Years Ofsted Inspections: “what the **** did you spend your time writing that for?”’
In brief, the title comes from a message Julian received from a colleague, who actually used those words.
Julian used his blog post to explain why he wrote his book.
I have been writing in the public domain for over two decades, including sector journals, professional guides, books and blogs. I also remember, as a student 30 years ago, writing a letter to Nursery World!
When I start to write, I never think: “What if someone doesn’t like it, what if I haven’t referenced information incorrectly, what if it goes against someone else’s passion?”
I write because I’m passionate about Early Years, the little people and their families.
As a writer, you are vulnerable from the moment you press that send button either to activate your blog post or to email an editor. To be vulnerable is ok, it’s one of the reasons why I love Brene Brown’s work.
You’re metaphorically ‘naked’ to all forms of feedback, negative or positive. Some would debate and say that they are sharing their constructive criticism. That’s fine, and readers have the right to do so. On the other hand, I feel the term constrictive criticism is too harsh and maybe the term ‘reflective sharing’ would be more positive.
I would also like more educators to be brave and to write, sharing their passion, knowledge and experience.
After all, it’s ok to be naked!
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