Archive for the ‘Blogs and Blogging’ Category

OK. First, I have to get this out of the way: someone found this blog by Googling “dumbest dissertations ever.” Is that necessary, Google? Did you really need to send that person here? That just hurts a girl’s feelings. Seriously. Second: I am hereby publicly declaring that by the time I pick Evan up from […]

After abandoning my old website and moving to WordPress, I’ve finally gotten around to registering a new web address and am in the process of setting up shop over there. (Don’t worry — this URL will automatically redirect over there once I’m all ready for you so you won’t have any trouble following me.) I […]



I finally added a list of blogs I read to the menu at right.  It’s incomplete, but at least it’s something.  These are blogs that I read regularly and enjoy.  They’re not, like, blogs that have agreed to link back to me or anything.  They’re just lovely, thoughtful sites that I think you might also […]

Seven reasons you should leave me a comment: (1) Because I get all comments emailed to me, and it’s awfully nice to get emails about things other than *cheep meds* or *free softwear* or getting a *new penis.* (And if you know the answer to this question, definitely leave me a comment: Why is it […]

Welcome to my new home, now on WordPress. I had to get this new blog up a lot quicker than I expected to. I decided on Friday morning that I’d play around with features, trying to decide whether I wanted to stay with blogger or take my wares elsewhere. In the process, I ended […]

I’m contemplating some big changes around here. When I started this blog, I only posted occasionally and mostly to keep my family up-to-date on my dissertation progress, what I was up to, etc. Then I got pregnant. Then I had a baby. Then I started writing a lot and more, and more people started reading. […]

Blog Art


I teach writing, among other things. From day one of each course I teach, I emphasize that good writing requires, more than anything else, knowing your audience and being as specific and clear as possible. This last bit means using illustrative examples and polished prose. The first bit requires experience, insight, and intuition. If you […]

I’ve been sitting on this post for a few weeks. I think I wrote it sometime at the end of August but I haven’t posted it because I’m not sure how I feel about it. I’m not sure I feel it’s a true post, even though it felt very true when I was writing it. […]

Why I Blog


I wrote a few weeks ago about satisfaction. At the end of my post, I quoted Emory University psychiatrist Gregory Berns, who argues that “satisfaction is an emotion that captures the uniquely human need to impart meaning to one’s activities.” This is why I blog. Because even more than writing for myself in a journal, […]

Site Redesign


While I loved loved loved how cool the prior design of this site was, with its smoothly scrolling menu and its gorgeous graphics (which I didn’t create), it was growing a bit unwieldy. As my archive grew, so did my menu, so that when it was pulled down, it was almost an entire screen long. […]