It is the beginning of a new year, which, along with the requisite top 10 lists from the year (and decade) that has passed, brings talk of the oft-dreaded New Year’s resolutions. I’m all for the idea of renewal and re-focusing, so I can support this tradition to some extent. Among my personal goals for 2010: truly connect with my friends more often. get married with as little stress as possible. figure out what my life’s path is.
I know, all very simple and SMART. More generally, I will be audacious (if Obama can do it, why can’t I?), authentic and original. (Perhaps at a later date I will write about whether it is better to say and do the unexpected and risk offending people or better to attend the dinner party you have to attend and just make nice small talk. My goal for 2010 is more of the former and less of the latter.)
For now, though, I have started a blog, with grand expectations that it will be the outlet I’m seeking for the beginnings and ends of thoughts that pop into my end on a relatively frequent basis. And because we live in a world where the personal is interpersonal news, I am sharing what I hope to achieve in an effort to be transparent. I am counting on you, dear readers, to help “keep me honest,” as they say!
My goals for the blog are as follows:
- To commit to writing on a regular schedule – exercising my self-discipline!
- To hone a style of writing that is clear, engaging, and accessible, without being overly simplistic. Essentially, to practice writing about intangible things in a way that makes sense while avoiding the pitfalls of jargon, which tend to exclude readers outside of a specific discipline or background.
- To create a community in which to explore ideas and concepts that are not directly related to our everyday experiences, but that shape and impact the culture(s) we live in. Also, as part of this, to create a space to step back and consider the way we live and think and share these ideas with others.
- To test out some of the concepts related to history, identities, and communities and the intersections among them that I’m considering writing about in more depth, either in school or otherwise.
The best part of the blog is that here the “what” mirrors the “how” – that is, in writing about communities, I will hopefully be creating one that will shape my ideas – and so on and so forth. This is all part of an overriding goal of having my actions reflect my thoughts.
What are your three motivating theme words of the year? What are your audacious dreams? And what topics would you like to see me post historical(ly) about?