On the first day of the month, I said I was going to #bloglikecrazy. It’s like NaNoWriMo, but blogging every day in the month of November. Well, here it is: the final day of November and I did it! For the most part, I stuck to my plan. Mondays, I posted for my 501 social theory class. These posts included an analysis of a short video I saw on Facebook, an exploration of what Ignatian Yoga is, a questioning of the distinction between true crime and historical fiction, and a comparison of versions of the same story that construct national identity. Tuesdays, I wrote for my other foundations class: public/digital humanities. The first three of these were responses to other blog posts. But the final one was my favorite. As I was writing about the problem our class had encountered with our data set, I was processing the answer. That felt really cool. Wednesdays, I wrote reviews of books by R. G. Collingwood, Christopher Flood, and Hayden White. And then yesterday, I had a little fun and wrote about my recent experience at the movies. On the Thursdays of this month, I posted about things ranging from my experience with Omeka to how the history of Thanksgiving is told. Fridays got a little weird, but still fun, after I defended my thesis proposal. Ultimately, Saturdays and Sundays were the most challenging. Without a strict category to work within, I often found myself flailing for ideas. But at the same time, one of my more popular posts came out of that.
Altogether, this is was quite a learning experience. Some days, I felt panicked. Others, I was at ease knowing I had several days ahead of me planned out. Honestly, the best things to come of this challenge were this: I am much more disciplined to actually write and I have received a healthy amount of validation. I think writing every day has prepared me for the hard work to come next semester of writing my thesis. I am now much more aware that revising and editing are my friends. And with the validation, thank you to everyone who has offered me a kind word about this project this month. I adamantly believe that trusting and expecting yourself to do good work is healthy and productive. So here I am trusting that my thesis will be good as well. This is the end of #bloglikecrazy, but it’s not the end of this blog. I’m going to take a short break to finish out my “real” work for the semester. Stay tuned. I’ll be right back.