Lots of people are talking about blogging again, from well-known folks that don’t need a link from me to my friend Steve. And a Twitter conversation yesterday about the subject with local bloggers Alice and John led to this post. So, I signed up for Blogging 101 this month. Not because I need the training, but because I surely need the encouragement.
The first assignment is to post about “who I am and why I’m here”. I’m Allen. I started blogging in October 2001—you can see the archives down the right side there. I haven’t always blogged consistently, to say the least—you can see that down the right hand side, too.
A lot has changed for me since October 2001: I finished my Ph.D., got a tenure track job, and got tenured and promoted. Along with that tenure track job, I moved to Southwest Virginia and bought my first house with my lovely wife, Becky; this summer, we sold that house and bought a different one across town. We did that in part because it isn’t just the two of us like it was back then; now, there are three more: Charlie (8), Megan (6), and Noah (4). We lived in Ireland for a year, too, all five of us, and it was fantastic. So, I guess I’ve been busy.
But I’m back to blogging because I need a place online to call my own. This blog has always been about precisely whatever I feel like writing about. It’s not a professional blog; it’s a personal one. It will be about my hobbies, my fascinations, my family, and my free-floating opinions. I admire bloggers who cross professional lines and write amazing blogs about their professional expertise, but so far, I don’t seem to be one of them. If that changes, you’ll be the first to know.
I tweeted on Friday that “I work with some fantastically generous, brilliant people.” The same could be said for my friends, online and off. I hope this blog keeps me in touch with those friends, reconnects me with old ones, and helps me make some new ones. Is that too much to ask? I don’t think so.