Those of us who live in college towns or who work in education know that the year doesn’t actually begin on January 1. It begins somewhere in late August or early September. Here in Bloomington, this time of year is marked by thousands of 18- to 24-year-olds pouring into town – driving the wrong way on one-way streets, trying to figure out whether you’re supposed to order at the counter or at your table at the Bakehouse, excitedly hugging old friends they haven’t seen in a few months and nervously finding new friends. There is chaos, there is annoyance, and there is the unmistakable energy that happens when you have thousands of people converging in the name of new beginnings.
So, yeah. It’s the right time for me to start a new blog – a whole new website, in fact. My old blog has been dormant for a while; I may eventually import all those entries into this blog to make it one entity, but more likely I won’t. That blog hasn’t felt right to me for a while. I started it specifically to write about poetry and writing and related issues, and in fact its title is the title of the poetry manuscript I was working on at the time. That manuscript got finished, and got sent around to a few dozen publishers, and it racked up a few dozen rejections – a tiny handful of kind words, but mostly just rejections. I think there’s still a lot of viable work in that manuscript, but at the very least it needs to be pulled apart and entirely re-envisioned. And I doubt it will have the same title when I’m done.
Not only that, but a lot of what I want to write about these days – well, it isn’t poetry. More than anything, music has been what’s driving me, and I always felt a little iffy about putting for example concert reviews on my “poetry blog.” (I did it, but I felt a little iffy about it.) I also have a job I love and find pretty interesting, and so I may at some point want to write about issues related to libraries, academia, user experience, and content strategy. (My department has a blog where I can do some of that, but I might want to do some of that here, too.)
So I’m hoping that this new blog will find its own way in the world. Expect some concert reviews, some poetry, some travelogue, probably some crazy-cat-lady cat stories. The plan is to write something at least once a week or so, but not necessarily to hold myself to a regimented schedule. As always, you can find me on Twitter commenting on this and that – I see this blog as an extension of that presence, really, and a chance to write at more length about some of the things 140 characters just can’t accommodate.
The website that houses this blog is very much a work in progress at this point. For sure, I want to add a bunch of stuff to the links page. (Fellow poet-bloggers who were on my old blogroll, don’t fret – I plan to add y’all back on here as well.)
So goodbye to the old blog, and hopefully to the stuck-ness I experienced in its last days (months, years) – and hello to new beginnings, new possibilities, new connections. Welcome. Leave a comment if you’re so inclined. It’s a new day… let’s see where it takes us.