Over the course of writing, the function of the blog have evolved. Originally, it was as I said on day #1: “This blog is an attempt to have an answer to the question: “where did the time go?” It will have some content — free-writing about the material I’m actually researching and published elsewhere in a more formal manner.”
These days it is less personal and reflective, more and more it has become a holding place for notes and ideas that are ‘distracting’ me from my writing. Sometimes, I want to write through an idea to see where I end up and what I really think. A sandbox, as it were. Other times its a place to hold notes on subjects I may wish to return to later. Thus, I will often go back and add an update to an old post when I find something that might be tangentially related, just to keep it all together in one spot.
I write here whenever I find time to research and on occasion when I come across related things in my teaching prep. I’m not due a sabbatical again for sometime, but I like to think of this as my virtual sabbatical–proof that during my 3-4 teaching load, parenting twins, and extensive administrative duties that I’m still a scholar, creatively and continuously engaged in my disciplines of numismatics and historiography.
I am also trying not to go back over and edit my writing here, although I sometimes do anyway. I am openly acknowledging my dyslexia. If I held myself to the standard of a typo-free blog post, I’d never write anything here. Or, I’d spend hours rereading in anxious narcissistic fashion my previous posts. Copy editing has its place, but for me that will be at the stage of formal publication and it will require the help of others!
Why isn’t my name here? Anyone who knows me will quickly and readily identify this as my work and I’m freely sharing links with friends and colleagues, but I’d rather when people searched the web for my name that my professional publications and affiliations came first.
Some collections of past posts that give a pretty good impression of the blog as whole: On bread and circuses and other power dynamics … On being visual oriented and comparative iconography…