Recently, Pat Thompson (one of my favorite bloggers out there in the field of academic writing–she’s one of the few bloggers that I read religiously) posted about her blogging identity and how that particular blog responds to one aspect of her professional persona, which prompted me to think about my own blogging identity. Around the same time Fiona Barnett, director of HASTAC, asked readers for suggestions on personal websites, something I have been considering, but what made me stop and think was the fact that some chose to house their blog on their website and others did not. I understand the reasons, and oftentimes those whose blog was on their personal website was because the blog was related to their professional persona. Deanna Mascle, in part as a response to Pat Thompson’s post, mentioned that she tries to limit her blog to topics related to her professional identity, and that sometimes she chose to post unrelated topics elsewhere.
All this talk about where blogs fit in one’s online identity has me squirming a bit over here. For one, I did not conceive of this blog as a professional blog because it was supposed to be a creative outlet for my writing, a place where I could share my writing–and by extension, my thoughts–with others. I thought long and hard about the subheading to my blog, and settled on “From academia to writing to motherhood and all stops in between” because it seems general enough but also specific. Those topics were topics I felt were most common in my first year. Now that I am much more visible online and that I finally came out and used my full name in WordPress, I know that others will be able to find my blog just by my name; so, I think it’s time to articulate (if anything, to myself) what this blog is about.
Reading “How to Blog: My Rules” (a post that is much more honest and real than any other blog post about how to blog) forced me to think about my own blog’s “mission statement.” After reading Dinner: A Love Story‘s About page, I wondered, what would mine look like? The first thing that came to mind is that my blog is about writing, writing while being a mother, an (alternative) academic, a freshly-minted PhD.
So my task this semester will be to update my blog’s About page and to keep in mind that these things can change. And that it’s okay.
Dear readers: do you have suggestions for my About page? What do you come to read when you’re here?