[Archives] Diving in with Both Feet

[Archives] Diving in with Both Feet

I maintained a blog from 2007 to 2013 and, although I'm a very different person from the person who wrote those blog posts, there are a few posts in the archives that I want to bring to this space because I am either particularly proud of the content or because I want to be able to refer back to the person I was when I wrote them.

This is my first blog post. It was published to my original blog on TypePad on January 19, 2007.

I suppose there's no better way to get started than to dive right in.  I have wanted to be a blogging principal for some time but was hesitant to get started.  For one thing, I wasn't sure whether I wanted to be anonymous.  I also wasn't sure whether I really had anything to contribute to the already very active community of "edu-bloggers" whose blog feeds I have been following for quite some time.

This fall I am planning to begin doctoral work at Colorado State University.  In planning my program of study, I was fortunate this week to have had the opportunity to pick the brain of Dr. Scott McLeod.  I have been an avid reader of his Dangerously Irrelevant
blog for the better part of the last 6 months.  As part of getting
started and beginning to crystallize my thoughts on a program, he
suggested I become involved in the blogging community and gave me quite
a few tips on how to get up and running.

I've spent way too much time registering a domain and tweaking my TypePad account (I'm sure more layout tweaking will follow.  I can't help myself...) and I thought it was high time I got something posted.  Then this morning I saw an interesting post over at think:lab
and it was just what I needed to read.  Christian's post about
liability issues for blogging educators really gave me the kick-start
that I needed:

Anonymous is only a delay; it no longer means anonymous.

And true.  Of course I already knew that anyone with a computer and
access to Google could figure out who I was in short order, but somehow
seeing it in print on my screen drove it home.  After reading the
entire post as well Kim Moritz's post over on G-Town Talks, I decided there really is no reason to be anonymous.

So here I am with my empty blog space and a head full of thoughts to post on.  It should be an interesting ride.