How I am reimagining the blog as part of reimagining my life.

by - Wednesday, November 06, 2013

When I started this blog at the end of my first year at Stanford, I was looking for a tool to express my ideas that weren’t school-appropriate and to be positive. I needed to be more intentional about my positivity, because my first year of school was genuinely miserable. I think this blog has been a great tool for me to reflect on whatever silly, happy, small things made me happy that day, but I am not sure how this role will change now because I won’t be producing intellectual content elsewhere, at least for a while. It seems to me like if my life balance is changing so dramatically, this also has to change, but I am not sure exactly how to reframe the blog. 

                I am hoping I can use this blog as a way to continue to push my own thinking. I am relatively sure that my intellectual life whether academic or not, is about how the visual is important, rich, and loaded with ideology and content, whether we recognize it or not. I think I can make this blog more about those things (and less about how much I like soup):

I would like to use the blog to talk more about art history, maybe introduce more work in a way that is fun. 

I would also like to use it more to discuss feminism and gender, because those issues matter so much to me. 

I think I could back to addressing travel more consistently, because I have so much to say on the topic (and it gives me a reason to travel so much, other than just really loving to travel). 

I want to think about how issues of visuality and images matter in everyday life. I really loved my shopping American project last year, and I might bring that back. 

I would like to talk about strategies of learning about art, discussing more of my lesson plans and the like. 

So, you all can help me be accountable about making content that isn’t too thoughtless or pointless. I will probably still write my three things, because thinking about what I am grateful for is always a nice activity to keep positive. I am going to come up with some new good things, and I promise no more belly aching (because it is making my Grammy feel bad).

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