Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Of Blogs and New Beginnings

Once upon a time, I had a blog. It was one of those all-purpose blogs where I would jot down things about my life as they happened. Then, as so often becomes the case, life got busy enough that I ran out of time to post. Actually, that's not quite fair - it was not just that I was too busy to post, but that the things that were happening either seemed too big or too small to commit to the interwebs.

In the intervening months, while I was on this unplanned hiatus, a whole lot of life happened. In no particular order, I had a child (now more than 8 months old), that child acquired a few cousins, some friends got married, others got separated or divorced, I stopped teaching in the interest of actually getting my thesis done, cut back to part-time at school, and seriously questioned whether or not I want to continue in musicology after the MA. I still enjoy musicology, love teaching (except the grading), and sometimes really enjoy research, but I felt like I was missing out on too much of the Munchkin's life, and frankly too much of my own.

Looking back on some of my posts to the old blog, although many still ring true (the quality of student papers is an eternal headache), many seem to have been written by someone else. I no longer have the urge to post about politics or social causes, much as I still care about them. At some point I'll no doubt want to write about music for fun, but at the moment it's a job, and I like my blog to be an escape of sorts. I'm no longer teaching, so I cannot really write about that, and while motherhood is turning into quite a journey, the ins and outs of diapers, breastfeeding, sleep problems and the like are really only interesting if it's your child. Besides, I know how embarrassed I am by some of the home movies my mother took when I was a baby - can you imagine having all that detail out there in the ether for eternity? The Munchkin would be in therapy for years.

One goal for the new year (I refuse to call it a resolution) is to pay more attention to the changes around me as the seasons progress. What is in bloom, what is poking up through the ground, what is dying off, what birds are visiting the feeder, what fruits and vegetables are at their best? This is where I will be doing that. It may eventually turn into a real garden blog, as the yard eventually turns into a real garden, but that will undoubtedly be a slow process. It will, I hope, be interesting.

Happy 2008, all.

5 people have weighed in:

tommyspoon held forth

I welcome your natural musings. That's something I need to get in better touch with.

Blessed be.

Hugh held forth

Welcome back. A new beacon of light in this season of darkness.

Oh, I also had to comment because I didn't like looking at "1 have held forth" :-)

TeacherRefPoet held forth

Good to have you back, Alison--I look forward to whatever you find worthy to chat about.

mbklein held forth

Happy New Blog!

Alison wrote...
Besides, I know how embarrassed I am by some of the home movies my mother took when I was a baby - can you imagine having all that detail out there in the ether for eternity? The Munchkin would be in therapy for years.


You mean like The Trixie Update, which has tracked young Beatrix Valentina MacNeill for the past 4.5 years?

The posts have gotten less frequent as Trixie has gotten older, but he used to track every feeding and diaper change. In fact, take a quick scroll through the metrics page. The charts and graphs are impressive, but I feel for the kid. :)

Alison held forth

Hugh - I completely agree with you about the grammar. I am still working out the widget programming in the New and Improved Blogger [tm].

Michael - Jiminy Christmas! Yes, that is exactly the sort of thing I worry about. Because I am just that obsessive-compulsive.