Inspired by my colleague Kelly and her mantra “I don’t ask my students to do anything I won’t do,” I’ve decided to start up my blog once again. (Thank you, Kelly) There was a time when I blogged regularly. When my students interacted with me. When interactions from a larger online community took place. On this very website.
Then, little by little, over time, things changed. I threw myself into academic life by attending conferences, writing articles, and starting my research agenda. Back in 2013, I put together a book proposal for the first edition of Social Media: How to Engage, Share, and Connect. It was accepted. So, I began writing and from that point on, I abandoned my blog and tended to my research. Conference after conference, article after article, and book after book, my attention moved away from blogging toward more traditional academic activities. Sure, I still maintained my other social platforms, but I left blogging behind.
Then, my life changed. The past few months have been about starting over.
My family and I left Michigan this summer to find roots back in New York. Our transition started in December when I accepted a position at the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications where I teach public relations and social media.
New house. New schools. New friends. New routines. We are starting anew.
So, it seems fitting that I start this blog over too.
I welcome you to take part in my journey as I rediscover blogging.
Tell me, have you ever started over? What’s the biggest reward? What’s the biggest challenge?