One blog for everything

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I have returned to using this blog for everything. Splitting them all up made me feel atomized and a little paralyzed. (And a little scandalized by the WordPress fees!)

Doris Lessing’s novel The Golden Notebook (1962) has had an enormous influence on me. I so admire and long for the perfect notebook system — or blog system — with clear textual boundaries for separate subjects. I always forget, though, that the topics of the notebooks overlapped, and that in the end unifying them into one golden notebook was necessary for an integrated healthy mind/life.

More blog changes: professionalization

Also, this blog is now becoming more of a professional blog, which is partly because I don’t want to run yet another blog, and partly because I mostly put my personal stuff on Facebook. I thought about restarting my blog hosted over at the MLA/Humanities Commons site, but this blog is all set up and is on my own domain.

On a positive note, I do have a profession, so perhaps I will have more to blog about and will post more frequently.

Blog splitting up!

This general purpose personal blog felt like it was being overtaken by genealogy research, and my genealogy readers only care about that, and other readers don’t care about genealogy — so I have split them up! This remains my personal blog, but going forward my genealogy and family history meanderings will be at a new blog called All The Old Stories. I’m sure this will be a relief to all 🙂

late Friday link post

Why this blog

I have been blogging since Blogger was its own separate company, before Google bought it. I had a LiveJournal and a Journalfen, multiple Blogger blogs and WordPress blogs, and some blogs in systems whose names I’ve forgotten. Fifteen years of blogging.

I did a lot of fandom blogging under fandom names. (I am a science fiction fan.) Lately I’ve been blogging on Tumblr because it is easy and there’s an app for my tablet and phone. I feel philosophically more aligned with Dreamwidth, but fandom has moved to Tumblr and you have to blog where the people are.

I have also blogged as an academic. (I am a community college English professor.) I’ve had course blogs and academic ranting blogs and even a blog on MLA Commons. None have felt particularly comfortable or easy to maintain. I was always worried that my writing wasn’t translating well to non-academics, or that I had crossed the line from critiquing to complaining.

My most successful blogging was as a family history/genealogy hobbyist. That blog got the most hits and comments, and I met some cousins through it. I also got lots of comments telling me my  well-documented claims were wrong, or asking for help with research unrelated to my family, or complaining that I wasn’t covering their ancestors. It started to feel like work instead of a fun hobby. (My surname list and Ahnentafel is linked in the column on the right if you wish to check our relatedness.)

Last week in a work meeting, people discussed qualifications for teaching online writing, and one qualification that people agreed on was evidence that the instructor has been writing online for at least six months. Now, I’ve been writing online for fifteen years, but I didn’t have a single place I could point people to see all that work, not professional colleagues anyway. So I’ve decided to revamp this site as that permanent blog space.

This blog is my main online home, where I post my work and thoughts to my own domain. It’s a link I can share publicly. It is a kind of a diary, though I’ll post academics and genealogy as they come up. I maintain a couple of tumblr blogs where I can quickly post links for academic and genealogical purposes. I also have Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts. All those links are in the column on the right. Follow or ignore as you please.