You may have heard of NaNoWriMo — the National Novel Writing Month that happens every year. People ranging from established novelists all the way to teenagers just trying to have some fun participate and challenge one another to write a novel in a month. Yes, it’s a lot. But from what I hear, it can be challenging in the best way, foster community, and be all around really fun. Well, #bloglikecrazy is like that. But with blogging.
#bloglikecrazy was started by Javacia Harris Bowser over at See Jane Write, a website and community for women who write. Javacia is based in Birmingham. I recently met her and attended her talk at WordCamp Birmingham, a conference for WordPress. I was attending the workshop as part of my graduate program, but also to learn more about how to administer this space. What could I use it for besides a dumping ground for my ideas for my thesis?
That’s the question I’m going to be exploring this month with #bloglikecrazy. As of right now, the agenda goes like this: Mondays will be for posts for my 501 foundations class on social theory. We’re talking real world applications of the things that often seem entirely abstract and complex. Tuesdays are for my other foundations class: Public Humanities and Religious Studies. This will be both my responses to posts I’ve presented in class and ideas for submissions to blogs in the field. Wednesdays are for miniature book reviews. These won’t be formal reviews by any means, but rather a place to collect my thoughts on books I’m reading for my thesis. Thursdays I’ll be posting about projects that I’ve been collaborating on recently both in the Public Humanities class and in the department more generally. Fridays are for updates on my thesis: basically what I’ve been posting so far, but with more structure and forward thinking trajectory. Finally, Saturdays and Sundays, I’ve labelled “creative.” To me, that opens up my possibilities. Who knows what thoughts I’ll be exploring those days. I guess you’ll just have to come and see.