Winter break is coming. Will I ever blog again?

I have this blog set as my homepage in Camino and looking at it has become sad and a little stressful, thought not to the same degree as looking at my prior blogs was to me when I would hit an unproductive moment. But the fact is I haven’t posted anything of substance since August, and, since September, I have even neglected to post links to my work elsewhere.

For what it’s worth my LibraryThing catalog is in even sorrier shape. I have months of comics to catalog, so many, in fact, that I am thinking of writing the rest of this year off, except for trades, and starting new in 2012. Fortunately, I had already decided to skip the usual “year end” ritual in my column for PopMatters, making the lack of a good record of what I read less important than it already is.

There’s no mystery to why I have not been writing here: over the summer we sold our house in Monmouth and moved to Corvallis, which was, and in some ways still is, a time-consuming and exhausting process. Many things got put aside and before I knew it, it was time to report back to campus.

I’m not going to call it a “new year’s resolution” because I want to jump start my writing here before the end of December, but with the Winter Break coming, I am hoping to get back in the habit of blogging. It might be foolish to think that around Christmas is when I will find time to write here again, but I think that getting through Fall is what I need to do more than anything to get restarted.

In the meantime, I have a few upcoming pieces in PopMatters and one place to start will be posting those pointers again. Also, feel free to checkout my Pinterest page which I created during my hiatus, and the projects I have backed at Kickstarter.

Attending to deadlines

Opening a new space for writing always comes with the desire to populate it with content, and I’ve made a point of being prolific here early on, but I have two PopMatters assignments that I need to get done this week and that will likely moderate my contributions to A Weird Fish.

For the record, I need to write a review for the DVD of Rem Koolhaas: A Kind Of Architect (2007), and I have a “Worlds in Panels” column due at the end of the month. Faculty report back to campus next week at Western, and then classes start, so I decided to use my time this week in the way I wish my students would: by thinking ahead and planning accordingly. Not really sure what I’m going to do with my column this month, but it may involve Matt Kindt‘s Black Widow story in Strange Tales.

New blog, new home

Welcome, readers. This is my inaugural entry on A Weird Fish (see the About page for an explanation of the title).

My previous blogs have been hosted on TypePad, a service I still use for my classes at Western Oregon and other professional pursuits (see below). After a year off from blogging, I decided to start again on WordPress, largely because I want to keep my own blogging separate from what I do with my classes. I also have reason related to design options, but those were secondary considerations.

A major reason I stopped blogging is that Anne-Marie, my wife, and I became parents to an eleven, now twelve, year old daughter. I needed to cut something from my queue, and blogging was the obvious thing to go. I have been feeling lately that I wanted to get this writing space back, in no small measure because I am reaching a point in a major project where I think there is value in sharing with others.

I also like the community aspect of blogging, especially they way it allows me to find and connect with colleagues at other colleges and universities. My university is relatively small and focused on undergraduate education, and, as a result, I have found blogs and other social media to be useful in expanding the circle of people from whom I can learn and with whom I can share professional experiences and development.

Not much of a mission here, I know, but there it is nonetheless.