This is going to be short, because it’s really at least as much for me as for you, and, so, brevity is only fair.
I started this blog four years ago, and I reflected this week on how much my life has changed in the interim and, therefore, how the role that this blog plays in my life has changed, too.
Then, blogging was about the discipline of reading and sort of reengaging with the academic world, especially since my days were so occupied with childcare. Now, blogging is about the space to step back from my advocacy practice (and, still, childcare) to think about connections.
Then, I blogged mostly for my current and former students, as an extension of my teaching. Now, my audience is fairly national, which gives me a chance to interact with social work students and faculty from other schools, and other political contexts.
Then, my blog posts were really long, both because I was still learning the medium, and because there was a lot bottled up that had to come out. Now, while I still write more than a lot of bloggers, I think I write more like I speak. Which is still, of course, a lot, but less pedantic. I hope.
Then, I blogged in spurts, but much more regularly, because I had quite a bit more time to focus on it. I really had no idea, four years ago, how much time it takes to consume and process and then produce content. Now, I need to plan out my posts, preparing ahead for times when I know I’ll be too busy to write, and then sometimes filling back in when something urgent happens that I want to write about.
Then, I wasn’t at all sure that there would be anyone to read this. Now, I worry that I won’t be able to keep it up for long. As the kids get older and bedtime is pushed later and my client list continues to grow, I am torn between the ‘get-out-and-advocate’ role and the ‘think-about-what-it-all-means’ role, here. There are only so many hours in the day.
This site also serves as a sort of repository, for me, of what I’ve thought about and how I’ve thought about it.
Thank you for sort of growing up alongside me, and for the journey, to this point in time.