Today is the one-year anniversary of the establishment of this blog. I count my decision to start this blog, and after that decision the decisions to cultivate it, populate it, and spread the word about it as the most significant aspect of my developing identify as an academic.
And I don’t mean “academic” in the stuffy, yes-quite kind of way, either. I mean that the decision to start this blog–a decision that came suddenly, without much by way of any warning–was a decision to speak. It was a decision to move from “Yes, that’s something I care about, and I wish there was something I could do about it” to “Yes, I care about that, and here’s what I think about it and here’s what I’m doing to change things.”
I love blogging. It has opened doors for me. It has allowed me to say things I wouldn’t have otherwise had the space to say, to people I want to hear those things. And if I sometimes go a little overboard on extolling the virtues of blogging, it’s only because I hope for everyone to experience a similar falling away of the weights and chains that for so long kept me close to the earth.
I have a dim memory of the person I was before–a much smaller, much timider person who was horrified at the prospect of taking up too much space or too much of your time. I know that version of me is killed for good, and I’m glad for it. I hope that all of you have the chance, at least once, to experience this kind of total transformation. I hope you get the chance to experience the power of some tool, some network, some community, some practice, online or off, to change your life and trajectory and goals and plans for good.