Blogging is Hard But Probably Worthwhile?

So that hiatus ended up lasting 2.5 months instead of just one, huh.

I really want to do creative things publicly more often. I’ve thought about starting a vlog more and more lately, since I tend to be pretty personable face-to-face. Maybe I could embed videos in here, so as not to have created this space in vain?

I’ve thought about posting poems here more often, but I’m a little nervous about what that might mean for things like journal submissions (which is probably a moot point, given that I haven’t completed any submissions since I applied for the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship earlier this year (I didn’t make it into the finals, in case you’re wondering).

It’s also difficult because I’ve been making a concerted effort to do my paid work on a more regular schedule. I freelance, doing linguist annotation for various folks on contract, so if I don’t force myself to work, work doesn’t get done. And I get paid hourly, so I have to put in the hours to get the money. So that’s been a priority for me, which has led personal creative endeavours to fall by the wayside.

Still, I do think blogging regularly is worth doing. I’m going to try to stick to a more regular schedule, probably something like once a week, though we’ll see. Any poems I post are gonna be reposts from elsewhere on the Internet, which’ll be good because I’ve been meaning to consolidate all of my scribblings into a single location. Other than that, it’ll probably just be ramblings about my life, kinda like this.

If anyone has any ideas about formats, contents, and just general blogging advice for a total newbie, that would be much appreciated. Also I’ve been thinking a lot about zines… so perhaps something may come of that.


Linguistics and Life Updates

Part of catching up on e-mail for me is catching up on blog subscriptions. I don’t really like to use readers–not sure why, they just don’t really appeal to me; I tend not to remember to check them–so the primary way I keep up with blogs I care about is by subscribing to them via e-mail (much easier to do with WordPress than Blogger, I’m sorry to say).

What happens with catching up on blogs, though, is I tend to go down a link labyrinth from which iti s very difficult to extract myself. For instance, the very excellent Gruntled and Hinged shared two articles about the linguistics of “Yes” and “No”, which I read, enjoyed, and promptly shared on twitter, because of course what person in this day and age doesn’t use these constructions? I certainly say “No, yeah,” all the time when agreeing with people; I’m not entirely sure why I do it and am always amused when I catch myself.

This is the stuff that reminds me how much I love my undergrad major and makes me wonder whether I shouldn’t go on to grad school for it, since I love it so much. The thing is, though: I love reading articles and papers about linguistics, but I am significantly less fond of writing them.

I was in Philadelphia this past Sunday for a Music Therapy Group and I took the opportunity to meet up with a woman I met while I was still at Repair the World, who has given me invaluable advice about nonprofit work and job hunting and being true to myself. We talked a bit about where I currently am in my life and why I haven’t been sending in job applications with as much gusto as I feel I ought to be. In conversation with her, I feel much more able to cope with the overwhelming amount of possibilities. I took a lot of notes during our conversation, and I do believe I’ll act on most of them.

One of the most important things she said to me was that she sees two possible trajectories for me (although she’s sure that there are more): one is to take advantage of my current fairly specialized skillset (annotating stuff linguistically) and apply it in various work environments, honing it further as I get more specialized; the other is to find organizations I want to work for (because I believe in their mission, for instance) and see what it is they need, becoming more of a generalist and doing administrative work that isn’t specifically linguistic in nature. Those two trajectories are not mutually exclusive. This idea that when we choose a career path, we automatically close the doors to everything else we could possibly is a lie told by our capitalist society to keep us in our place and producing. It’s not true.

Just as my therapist said two weeks ago, it is not just all right, but excellent to try things on without committing to them.

I’m going to keep that in mind as the week goes on and I work on my various projects and apply to various new jobs and opportunities. Keep an eye out on twitter for bragging as I get shit done——I’ve found that adulting is more fun with an audience. 😀