Regular writing, as we all know, is important. One of my favorite quotes goes like this: “Write first. Write regularly and unemotionally” (from the fabulous Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success, by Wendy Laura Belcher).
However. Even as I open up this Word document and begin pecking away, I hear a little creak on the stairs and my six-year-old appears, rubbing her sleepy eyes. For those of us lucky enough to have little kids at home (this is only partially a joke), writing first is a heck of a lot more difficult than it sounds.
I’ve toyed with the importance and significance of this blog in my head. Should I axe the whole thing? It’s obvious to myself and to my one viewer at this point that blogging is just not my thing. I’m a private person in many ways (although you wouldn’t know this to meet me; my gregariousness will bowl you over), and I prefer to keep my thoughts on myself and my life TO myself, in my paper journal that resides in my bedside table. And yet, I maintain that it is important to have a place online for academic folks like myself to find me, to find out a little about me away from the umbrella of the academic institution I currently work for.
So all of this being said, I’m going to attempt to keep this website up to date. I’m going to attempt to blog once a quarter, or four times a year. I welcome any of my readers to contact me at any time with any questions, especially the undergraduate and graduate students. I primarily exist to help others; this is my life and professional goal. If you are working on your comps, your dissertation, or attempting the job market and would like to chat, please shoot me an email! Let me know how I can help! If you are a fellow emerging scholar like myself, let’s meet up at an upcoming conference. Let’s be friends!
It also feels good (wickedly good) to indulge in some low-stakes writing of my own that is centered around my “professional” life and not my emotional and personal life as much. Writing that is not meant to be submitted to any journal but is just for me to walk around in my head a bit, to air out all the dusty rugs I have up there. It’s worth it as a practice, I think.
So here I am.
My next post will update you about what I’ve been up to (hint: not much), and what is next for me in 2015. Cue bated breath. Happy new year, all!